Ambani security scare: Here's why accused were forced to leave gelatin-laden SUV 400 metres away from Antilia

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The discovery of a gelatin-laden car near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence 'Antilia' on Thursday night had sent the alarm bells ringing. The car was found parked around 400 metres from the Ambani residence in Mumbai.

The police recovered a letter from the car threatening the Ambani family of a future attack.

But if the explosive-laden car was meant to threaten the Ambanis then why was it parked so far away from their house? What made the accused leave the car 400 metres away from Antilia and not right next to it?

According to police, the accused wanted to park the gelatin-laden vehicle closer to Mukesh Ambani's residence 'Antilia' but after conducting recce on several occasions, they decided to leave it at a spot over 400 metres from Antilia in a lane on Carmichael road.

Here’s why.

The richest Indian citizen Mukesh Ambani and his family members are protected by a Z+ security cover, which was upgraded from the Z category after a threat perception review by the Union Home Ministry in 2013.

As part of the security cover, around 58 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandoes guard the industrialist and his family round the clock. Armed with specialised automatic weapons, these commandoes move with the industrialist wherever he goes.

The CRPF commando force consists of armed guards, close proximity guards, drivers, personal security officers and a frisk team. They work in two shifts and are supervised by an inspector-level officer from CRPF. The commandos are provided accommodation and other facilities by the family. The CRPF personnel regularly sanitise the area and watches are kept for suspicious movement or persons. The complete area is covered under high-resolution CCTVs while armed personnel are present at the gate, inside the building and also in vehicles parked outside.

Other than CRPF, Mukesh Ambani also has a crew of personal security guards who are not armed. Sources said that the guards have been provided training by an Israel-based security firm. This crew includes around 15 to 20 guards who work in two shifts and includes retired personnel from the Indian armed forces and National Security Guard.

Mukesh Ambani moves in his bulletproof BMW while his security detail moves in Range Rovers and recently-added Mercedes AMG G63 models.

The convoy, other than Ambani’s vehicle, consists of six to eight vehicles of the CRPF commandoes and private security personnel. Half of the vehicles drive ahead of Ambani’s car while half of them follow. All the personnel are constantly in touch with each other over walkie-talkies.

Meanwhile, the residence ‘Antilia’ is protected round the clock by Mumbai police personnel. A marksman and armored vehicle remain deployed at the Ambani residence at all times. Every two hours a beat marshal visits the spot. Scanners are installed in the building and each person entering the building is frisked by the police or the CRPF.

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