An abandoned vehicle with explosive material was found near business tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s house in the high-security area of Mumbai on Thursday, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said.
“A Scorpio van with some gelatin was found at some distance from India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani’s home in Mumbai. The Mumbai Crime Branch is investigating it. The truth will come out,” Deshmukh said.
According to police sources, a suspicious vehicle was found on Carmichael Road on Thursday evening. The police were alerted and a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad team and other police teams reached the spot immediately.
“They examined the vehicle and found 20 explosive gelatin sticks inside. It is not an assembled explosive device. Further investigation is going on,” police sources said. They added the car was parked in the area around 1 am last night, according to CCTV footage.
Security has been increased in the area and senior officers of the Mumbai Police examined the spot.
Ambani’s luxurious, 27-storey house
Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, lives in a luxurious, 27-storey, 400,000 sq feet building called Antilia in south Mumbai’s posh Cumballa Hill area. His family moved into the building in 2012.
Designed by Chicago-based firm Perkins and Will, it reportedly has three helipads, a 168-car garage, a ballroom, nine high-speed elevators, a 50-seat theatre, terrace gardens, a swimming pool, spa, health centre, a temple, and a snow room.
The incident comes less than a month after a “very low-intensity” IED (improvised explosive device) blast near the Israeli embassy in the heart of central Delhi, sparked a scare in the high-security area.
The blast took place 1.4 kilometres from Vijay Chowk, where President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior members of the government had gathered for the Beating Retreat ceremony that follows the Republic Day parade.