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NCP leader, rationalists on Hindu right-wing 'hit-list': ATS

IANS  |  Mumbai 

In shocking revelations, an and other leading rationalists were on the hit-list of the recently arrested right-wing activists in connection with the arms seizure case, the ATS told a court on Friday.

They are -- Thane Jitendra Awhad, Pune-based rationalist Mukta Dabholkar, daughter of the slain Narendra Dabholkar, All and activist

The disclosure was made by the state Anti Terrorist Squad in the while seeking extension of remand of one of the accused arrested in the arms haul case,

When the sought details of the investigations case diary on Pawar so far, the ATS made the revelations of the alleged hit-list prepared by the right-wing groups targeting these personalities.

Pawar, an employee of a government-owned shipping company, was nabbed in on August 24. Prior to this, his associates Vaibhav Raut, Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanva Gondhalekar, and were arrested in different parts of the state.

The ATS further said Pawar, whose custody was finally extended till September 4, had carried out a recce of some of the targets, and had acquired training in weapons from an unnamed location outside the state.

On August 10, in a major swoop, the ATS had raided a bungalow and other premises in Nala Sopara, Palghar, around 90 km north of Mumbai, and unearthed a mini-factory manufacturing bombs, weapons and other materials meant for carrying out terror strikes in Mumbai, Pune, and

The five arrested persons were said to be linked to various right-wing groups like the Sanatan Sansthan, Shri Shivpratisthan Hindustan and Janjagruti Samiti, which have strongly denied the allegations.

The ATS is also probing the links of these arrested-accused with the killings of Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.



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First Published: Fri, August 31 2018. 18:40 IST