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NIA arrests two in connection with Antilia bomb scare case

NIA arrests two in connection with Antilia bomb scare case

Mumbai: In recent developments into the probe of the sensational Anitilia bomb scare case, reports reveal that the National Investigation Agency has arrested two more persons on Friday.

The duo has been identified as Santosh Atmaram Shelar and Anand Pandurang Jadhav, both residents of the Kurar village, a slum pocket in Malad east suburb.

"Prima facie, both of them were involved in the conspiracy to plant the explosives-laden SUV near Ambani's residence," an official told PTI.

Arrested four days ago, they were produced before a Special NIA Court and remanded to the agency's custody till June 21.

According to ANI, The fresh arrests came shortly after the Special NIA Court granted a two-month extension to the agency to file its charge sheet in the case.

Although the extent of their involvement and their exact role is being ascertained in the two cases, both Jadhav and Shelar are suspected to be part of the overall conspiracy of the cases which sparked off a massive row in Feb this year.

A special court in Mumbai had last week given 60 days extension to the NIA to file its charge sheet in the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house and the subsequent murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran. The deadline for filing the charge sheet was to end on June 10.

On February 25, an SUV with 20 explosive gelatin sticks and threat letter were found outside business tycoon Mukesh Ambani's house. A few days later, Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiren was found dead in Thane creek. Later, NIA took over the case and has arrested several police officials API Riyaz Qazi, Suni Mane among some others for their alleged connection in the cases.

A week later on March 5, the body of the SUV owner and Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran was recovered from the marshes of Thane Creek, as the twin cases triggered a nationwide political furore.

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