Mumbai Police on Monday, November 8 heightened security outside of Antilia, the residence of industrialist and RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, on account of suspicions of a possible threat to the building.
An increased number of officers were stationed outside Antilia due to a call made by a taxi driver to the Azad Maidan Police Station. Reportedly, the taxi driver had taken in two passengers who were carrying bags and had been seeking the address of Ambani’s South Mumbai home.
The suspicious behaviour led the driver to inform the emergency control room of the same, according to Mumbai Police. The driver is currently at the Azad Maidan police station where his statement is being recorded. The police also revealed that a DCP level rank officer is monitoring the entire circumstance and verifying the facts of the case.
Mumbai Police is also reviewing the CCTV footage around Antilia to sniff out any potential threats. However, the identity of the individuals accused by the taxi driver has not been disclosed so far but Mumbai police have barricaded parts of the city in search of the two passengers.
Antilia has faced several bomb scares and security breaches in the past. In February this year, an abandoned Scorpio car loaded with explosives was discovered near Ambani’s south Mumbai residence. The police thereafter retrieved gelatin sticks and an aggressive note from inside the SUV, along with a number plate of one of the vehicles owned by the Ambani family.
The probe into the bomb scare case by the National Investigation Agency later led to the arrest of Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze and the suspension of Commissioner Param Bir Singh.