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Dead worker reported colleagues for Ambani helicopter sabotage

india Updated: May 06, 2009 02:19 IST
Debasish Panigrahi
Debasish Panigrahi
Hindustan Times
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Bharat Borge(45), the Air Works Engineering senior technician who died on the railway tracks within days of the sabotage attempted on industrialist Anil Ambani’s helicopter, was the first to spill the beans on the suspects.

A copy of the first information report (FIR) reveals the fact.

Based on Borge’s disclosures, the FIR was lodged with the airport police at 4.15 pm on April 23 by Sudhir Surve, Air Works administrative officer. It transpires from the FIR that Borge was the sole witness to the foul play.

The police Crime Branch had on Monday arrested the people named by Borge, Palraj Thevar (38) and Uday Warekar (32), on suspicion of planting pebbles and gravels in the helicopter gearbox.

If proved guilty, the two face possible life imprisonment. But with Borge dead in what may or may not be suicide, the case against the duo is likely to weaken.

“The entire complaint (case) has become bogus as it is based on a dead man’s revelations,” said lawyer Susan Kunjuraman. “His (Borge’s) statement cannot be attached to the chargesheet now.”

Criminal lawyer Majeed Memon agreed. “The absence of Borge will be a big handicap unless enough corroborative evidence is produced,” said Memon.