Nikhil Wagle, Shyam Manav, Mukta Dabholkar, Ritu Raj, Jitendra Awhad and others on the hit-list of far-right terrorists

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The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday while seeking the extension of right wing activist, Avinash Pawar, came up with names of the people who were on the hit list of the accused as the accused believed that they were Anti-Hindu.

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Sources in the Karnataka Special Investigation Team (SIT) told IndiaScoops.com that Amol Kale who was the leader of the fringe group responsible for the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh told his interrogators that the Maharashtra unit or cell of the far-right terror group was planning to plant bombs at the very popular “Bandra Fair” at the Mount Mary Church at Bandra, which attracts thousands of devotees in September.

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The Maharashtra ATS claimed that activists like Shyam Manav, Mukta Dabholkar, Ritu Raj, Jitendra Awhad and several others were allegedly on their radar.

“They also had plans to set off bombs at some Ganpati Mandals across Maharashtra, the Mahim dargah during Muharram as well as the Mount Mary Church during the peak festive season starting in September. The bombs would be of low-intensity, which were meant to create a scare and fear psychosis in the mind of the people,” the SIT official told IndiaScoops.com.

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The court however did not appreciate the fact that the ATS has not come up with concrete new investigation from the police custody of accused Pawar, which was granted a week back.

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The court however considered ATS’s plea and granted Pawar’s custody till September 4.

The ATS till now have arrested five alleged right wing activists for allegedly trying to attack the city.

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The accused allegedly have already bombed two movie theaters, one in Kalyan and other in Belgaum which had released the film ‘Padmavat’, the court was told.

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These men had allegedly also tried to attack and bomb the Sunburn music festival in Pune on the ground that it was a ‘western culture and an anti-Hindu activity,’but as the bomb plot was shelved at the last moment, it was an unsuccessful attempt.”

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ATS officials claimed in court that two of the accused – Gondhalekar and Raut – planned to attack the music festival scheduled in Pune for December 2017 because they felt it was “against Hindu culture”.

Sunburn was held in Goa until 2015, and shifted to Pune in 2016.

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