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Indian technician in ‘suicide’ after sabotage discovery

AFP , MUMBAI, INDIA

An Indian aircraft technician who discovered a potential bid to sabotage the helicopter of one of the world’s richest men has been found dead, police and his employer said.

Bharat Borge, who was in his 40s, was a senior technician with Air Works India Engineering, and last week discovered sand and stones in the fuel tank of a Bell 412 helicopter belonging to industrialist Anil Ambani.

Borge’s body was found on a railway track in a Mumbai suburb on Tuesday evening, police said, adding that a note was also recovered.

Police said they were treating the case as suicide.

Indian media reported that the note was addressed to a detective who had questioned Borge. It also revealed he was visited by people from the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, of which Ambani is chairman.

Borge is said to have written in the note that he was afraid he would be blamed. But police said they had ruled him out as a suspect and are trying to trace the Reliance group representatives.

Air Works said it was saddened to hear of his death and described him as “one of the most valued members” of their team at Mumbai airport, which carried out maintenance work on aircraft.

“He showed exemplary presence of mind in discovering a tampering attempt with a helicopter under maintenance contract with us,” it said in a statement.

Air Works registered a complaint of “mischief with intent to cause hurt or death” immediately after the stones were discovered, as they could have interfered with the aircraft’s avionics.

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