The Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad (ATS) has recovered at least eight country-made bombs and other explosives from the house of Sanathan Sanstha worker Vaibhav Raut.In a late night raid, the squad searched Raut’s house and a nearby local shop in Palghar. According to a source, at least eight country-made bombs were recovered from his residence. The team also seized raw material like gunpowder and detonators from a nearby shop. The police claimed that a large amount of gunpowder is enough to make around two dozen bombs.Raut who was at home during raids has been taken into custody. The dog squad was also present during the raid.
Vaibhav Raut has been associated with Saffron Hindu Terrorist Organizations like Sanatan Sanstha and a few other Hindu organisation from Nalasopara near Mumbai. He will be produced in the court in afternoon today.
Meanwhile, sources in the ATS said that Amol Kale, who was earlier arrested in June, is an engineer by profession and the mastermind in the Gauri Lankesh murder case. He was picked up by Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the murder case. Kale in his interrogations revealed people associated with his outfit. He had given a list of around 10 people working for the outfit which includes Vaibhav Raut.
Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS) Maharashtra organiser Sunil Ghanvat said Raut is a fearless cow protector (gau rakshak).
At least seven people were killed and nearly 100 injured when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded in Malegaon in Nashik district on September 29, 2008. The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in its report had accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur of giving her bike to the absconding accused Ramji Kalsangra to be used to store RDX.
According to investigating agencies, the Malegaon blast was allegedly carried out by Abhinav Bharat, a right-wing group. In the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, a special NIA court in Mumbai had dropped the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) from the investigation on December 27, 2017
These goons called #Kawariyas do this every year & go scot free. Nobody touches them, public or police just because they’re in a mob & they pretend to be taking part in a religious activity.
Will anybody act against them? Not expecting anything from this Hindutva Govt. pic.twitter.com/tR8GC9w90A
— Jas Oberoi (@iJasOberoi) August 8, 2018