The Mumbai Police remain unsure about the cause of the fire that engulfed an auto in Andheri West, hours after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray issued a call to his party to burn autos driven by outsiders. Thackeray revoked his call a day later.
“We have kept all possibilities open in the investigation,” said Ramesh Khadtare, senior inspector, Amboli police station.
The autorickshaw, owned by Nisar Ali, was engulfed in flames while parked outside the Regional Transport Office on Thursday night even as the driver, Allahudin Badgire, was eating dinner at a stall close by.
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The upper cover and seats of the vehicle were damaged, the police said, adding a packet of cigarettes was found on the ledge of the wall near the spot the autorickshaw was parked.
The Amboli police station had registered a case against unidentified individuals for causing damage by arson and will write to the Mumbai Fire Department.