The Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad (ATS) has recovered at least eight country-made bombs and other explosives and detonators from the house of Sanathan Sanstha worker Vaibhav Raut, reports India Today.
From the initial investigation, it seems the bomb-making activity was going on for at least six months, prior to the raid on Friday.
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 live bombs were recovered from his residence. A lot of other hardware and electronic items like timers and detonators were also found, as was testing equipment like multi-meters and other electronic circuits used to make remote controlled detonators.
The team also seized raw material like gunpowder and detonators from a nearby shop.
The police claimed that a large amount of gunpowder was seized which is enough to make over two dozen bombs. It is surprising how such a huge amount of explosives were stocked at Raut’s residence.
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 Sanatan Sanstha and a few other Hindu organisation from Nalasopara near Mumbai.
He will be produced in the court in afternoon today, after police complete the paper work including preparing the remand application.
Passing the buck
The Sanatan Sanstha issued a press note claiming that Vaibhav Raut was a part of the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS). However, he has not been active for the past couple of months.
HJS Maharashtra organiser Sunil Ghanvat said Raut is a fearless cow protector (gau rakshak). But he denied Raut was actively involved with his organisation.
Both the Sanatan Sanstha and the HJS got into a war of words, each trying to deny Raut’s assocation with their organisation, claiming that he was just a sympathizer.
HJS claimed that Raut is a core member of the Sanatan Sanstha and would occasionally take part in HJS activities particularly cow protection.
However, Raut had not participated in any of the programmes for the past few months, Ghanvat added.
Sunil Ghanvat called Raut’s arrest a “needless harassment of Hindu organisation activists” to implicate them into false cases.
“This has been amply proved through the Malegaon case. And then the arrest of many innocent followers of Sanatan Sanstha. Raut is an instance of Malegaon Part 2,” Ghanvat said.
with inputs from India Today and India TV