MUMBAI: The state police will probe whether the 3 persons arrested for their alleged links with Sanatan Sanstha have any connection with the murder of rationalists Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabhoklar and MM Kalburgi, reports the Times of India.
On Friday, the state Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) raided Vaibhav Raut’s Nalasopara house and seized crude bomb and raw materials.
“We have arrested 2 persons from Nalasopara and one from Pune by ATS,” said Deepak Kesarkar, minister of state for Home.
When asked about the Sanatan Santha connection in this case, Kesarkar said, “The police will definitely probe in this case whether they have any connection with the murders of rationalists. Out of these three, two victims are from the state and the government has not found any evidence in these cases. So the police will inquire from these angles too and will take action if any link is found,” said Kesarkar.
As per the latest reports, all three accused, including Vaibhav Raut, have been sent to police custody till August 18, reports Times of India.
The Hindustan Times reports that the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police arrested a suspected member of a right-wing Hindu organisation at Nallasopara in Palghar district near Mumbai and seized eight crude bombs and explosives from his house late Thursday.
The activity at the Palghar office was going on for the last six months or so.
Raut was under surveillance by the Maha ATS after receiving intelligence from the Kerala SIT investigating the murder of writer and journalist Gauri Lankesh.
Amol Kale, another Sanatan Sanstha member arrested for the murder of Gauri Lankesh had revealed the name of Vaibhav Raut and told investigators that Raut was a member of a right-wing extremist group, involved in murder and killing of anti-Hindu voices.
A diary with about 36 names or targets was recovered by the SIT.