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M'rashtra ATS nabs 3 'Hindu militants' over terror plot


IANS
Mumbai
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday claimed to have foiled a terrorist attempt to strike in different parts of the state following the arrest of three persons and seizure of at least 20 crude bombs and expolsives and material used in bomb-making.
The development comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Mumbai on Saturday, Independence Day celebrations on August 15 and Bakri Eid next week."We have arrested three persons and are investigating,"Additional Director General of Police (ATS) Atulchandra Kulkarni informed the media here.
Official sources said the first to be arrested early Friday was Hindu Janjagran Samiti (HJS) activist Vaibhav Raut from his home in Nala Sopara, Palghar district.
Later, his accomplice Sharad Kalaskar was arrested from there by the ATS teams, which were accompanied by a dog squad and forensics experts. A third right-wing activist Sudhnava Gondhalekar allegedly linked to Shri Shiv Pratisthan was arrested from Pune.
The sources said that the accused planned to carry out terror hits in Mumbai, Pune, Solapur and Satara districts in the coming few days. Mumbai Additional Sessions Judge Sameer Adkar remanded the three accused in police custody till August 18.
During the raids in Palghar, the ATS seized bombs and material that could be used to make at least two dozen more bombs like detonators, explosive powder, wire bundles, resistors, transistors, batteries, multimeters, switches and circuits, connectors, gelatin sticks, diagrams and literature, which have been sent for forensic analysis. Terming the whole plot as a"conspiracy to spark communal disturbances ahead of Bakri Eid,"Maharashtra's opposition leaders attacked the state government and demanded an immediate ban on organisations like HJS, Sanatan Sanstha and related outfits.
"The seizure of huge cache of explosives is a clear indicator that they were preparing for a major (terror) strike. Under BJP rule at Centre and in state, such communal and extremist organisations are having a free run,"Maharashtra Cong President Ashok Chavan alleged.

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