ANTI­TER­ROR­ISM SQUAD MAKES MORE SEIZURES

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Ma­ha­rash­tra Anti-ter­ror­ism Squad (ATS) on Satur­day seized more arms and am­mu­ni­tion, parts for mak­ing coun­try­made re­volvers from the trio ar­rested on Fri­day for al­legedly plot­ting ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties at Mum­bai, Pune, Satara and So­la­pur.

The ATS on Satur­day seized 11 coun­try-made pis­tols with mag­a­zines, an air gun, ten pis­tol bar­rels and sev­eral other parts that are used to make coun­try-made arms and am­mu­ni­tion. ATS on Fri­day raided res­i­dence and shop at Nal­la­sopara be­long­ing to one of the ar­rested ac­cused, Vaib­hav Raut, and re­cov­ered 20 crude bombs and around 15 det­o­na­tors and other ma­te­ri­als used to pre­pare bombs.

ATS claimed Raut to be a mem­ber of Sanatan Sanstha, a rightwing Hindu group. Sharad Kasalkar, 25, was also ar­rested along with Raut and po­lice re­cov­ered a note on mak­ing bombs from him. Third ac­cused, Sud­hanva Ghond­halekar was ar­rested from Pune for pur­port­edly train­ing the two in as­sem­bling bombs. The trio were pro­duced be­fore the ses­sions court on Fri­day and have been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till Au­gust 18. Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cer of ATS, dur­ing ques­tion­ing, Ghond­halekar re­vealed in­for­ma­tion about a stock of il­le­gal weapons and other ma­te­rial. A po­lice team then con­ducted search. ATS has slapped strin­gent pro­vi­sions of the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Pre­ven­tion) Act against the trio, apart from reg­u­lar pro­vi­sions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and the Arms Act and the Ex­plo­sives Act.

ATS of­fi­cials said they have been ques­tion­ing some other peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the case, sus­pect­ing link with the ar­rested trio. “We are now in­quir­ing with the trio to find out pro­pose be­hind as­sem­bling bombs and stor­ing such a big stock of arms. It clearly seems that they were co­or­di­nat­ing with each other and plan­ning some ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties”, added the ATS of­fi­cial.

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