ATS files charge sheet in Palghar arms haul case

ATS files charge sheet in Palghar arms haul case

Agency News

Mumbai, Dec 5: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday made shocking revelations of the alleged role of various Hindu organisations in the Palghar arms haul case of August and the subsequent unearthing of a terror plot, targeting several cities and rationalists in the state.

Following investigations, the ATS had nabbed two persons from Nalasopara (Palghar) and one from Pune, who were planning to carry out terror acts in Mumbai and the upcoming Sunburn music festival, scheduled in Pune.

The trio revealed the involvement of a dozen others in the conspiracy, of whom nine have been arrested and three were still absconding, said an ATS official.

''During investigation, it was revealed that the members of the terrorist gang were also members of organisations like 'Sanathan Sanstha', 'Hindu Janjagruti' and similar other smaller organisations,'' said the ATS, in a detailed charge sheet filed before the Special NIA Court, here.

During raid on various premises in Nalasopara, the ATS had recovered 20 live country bombs, two gelatin sticks, detonators, soldering equipment and other explosive substances.

The ATS said the trio had formed a terror gang, made and stored the bombs, when they were arrested.

From the diaries seized by the ATS, the details of terror training camps, planning for terrorist acts to be executed and the connected conspiracy in coded languages were revealed, which the accused helped in deciphering.

The accused had also stopped using their personal mobile phones during execution of a conspiracy and instead, used separate handsets with SIM cards registered in different names.

Subsequent investigations led to seizure of 23 live country made bombs, 15 pistols, one country-made weapon, three pistols without barrels, 41 live rounds of ammunition and other raw material to make country bombs and fire arms.

The ATS charge sheet has named 12 accused, including Sharad Bhausaheb Kalskar (25); Vaibhav Subhash Raut (44); Sudhanwa Sudhir Gondhlekar (39); Shrikant Jagnath Pangarkar (40); Avinash Anant Pawar (30); Leeladhar Ukhirde (32); Vasudeo Bhagwan Suryawanshi (19); Suchit Kumar Rangswamy, Bharat Jayawant Kurne (37); Amol Arvind Kale (34); Amit Ramchandra Baddi (27) and Ganesh Dasharath Miskin (28).

The accused have been booked under various Sections of the Explosive Substances Act 1908, the Explosives Act 1884; the Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, Arms Act 1959 and the Maharashtra Police Act 1951. (UNI)