The Mumbai police crime branch, investigating the case involving a 27-year-old man who fired from an airgun at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters premises on Tuesday, were told by the accused that he came to the RBI because there was a ‘lot of money there’.
The team is also verifying his claims of being close to a sex worker from the city on whom he allegedly splurged money on his earlier visits.
This is one of the several claims made by Padmagiri Rajshekhar Nair, a native of Kerala, while being interrogated by the police. An officer probing the matter requesting anonymity said, “While we are taking his claims with a pinch of salt, we are trying to get further details about this woman whom he has claimed to be close to.”
During the course of interrogation, Nair, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment, also claimed that he had come to RBI with an intention to carry out a robbery.
Public Prosecutor Kiran Bendbhar said, “The police requested the court for maximum custody as they would be sending a team to Kerela to conduct a background check on Nair.”
The police will also be talking to the psychiatrist from whom Nair had been taking treatment for depression. “The police also want to find out how he came to the city and if he was sent by someone else.
They also want to find the shop from where he purchased the airgun,” Bendbhar added. The police are also checking if Nair came to the city alone or if he was accompanied by anyone else. Nair who was produced before the esplanade court was remanded to police custody till April 17.