Mumbai: A technician who found evidence purported to show that billionaire businessman Anil Ambani’s helicopter had been tampered with was found dead near the tracks of a railway station in a west Mumbai suburb on Tuesday.
Bharat Borge, the technician, was working with Air Works India Engineering Pvt. Ltd, which has undertaken the maintenance of helicopters for the Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-Adag). On 23 April, he discovered pebbles and gravel in the gearbox filler cap of a helicopter used by Ambani.
Borge’s body was found near the tracks of a railway station in the suburb of Vile Parle.
“We are shocked. He was technician with us. We are looking into the issue,” Air Works director Ravi Menon said, adding that Borge was 42 years old. He declined to elaborate further.
Mystery deepens: A file photo of Anil Ambani. R-Adag has blamed business rivals for what it called sabotage of Ambani’s helicopter. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
An R-Adag executive, who did not want to be named, too confirmed the development.
“We don’t know all the details of how, when and why the incident happened. However, the engineer was a key witness in the case,” said the executive. R-Adag has blamed business rivals for what it called sabotage.
Police and airport officials in Mumbai are investigating the incident, ‘Reuters’ reported on 24 April. Two workers associated with Air Works have been questioned by security agencies, the report quoted the police and Air Works as saying.
“We are investigating the case at the moment. The stones...without detection could have been dangerous,” Somnath Ghoghe, one of the officers investigating the case, told the agency.