Right-wing Hindu activist arrested in Maharashtra, explosives seized

Mumbai: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra police on Friday, said it had arrested three members of a suspected right-wing Hindutva outfit and seized a huge quantity of explosives, including crude bombs.

Vaibhav Raut 

Vaibhav Raut (40) and Sharad Kalaskar (25) were arrested on Thursday night from Nallasopara in Palghar district, and their interrogation led to the arrest of Sudhanva Gondhalekar (39), in Pune.

Raut allegedly ran the “Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti”, a little-known pro-cow protection outfit, in Nallasopara. A court here has remanded them to ATS custody till August 18.

Arsenal seized from Raut’s house

ATS said the raid at Raut’s house and at a nearby shop owned by hi led to the seizure of 20 crude bombs, two gelatin sticks, four electronic and 22 non-electronic detonators, 150 gm of explosive powder, two bottles labelled as ‘poison’, batteries, soldering equipment and a bomb circuit drawing.

(With agency inputs)