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16 questioned for links to men arrested with explosives in Maha

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Maharashtra Anti-Squad has questioned at least 16 people for their possible links to the three men arrested for allegedly planning to carry out blasts in the state, a said today.

The ATS yesterday arrested Vaibhav Raut, from Nallasopara near and from Pune. Following raids at Raut's residence and shop, the ATS claimed to have seized a huge quantity of explosives, including 20 crude bombs and bomb circuit drawings.

said they will probe if the arrested men had any connection with the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare and

The ATS also questioned at least 16 others from Nallasopara, Pune, Satara, Solapur and elsewhere in the state for suspected links to the three men, the said.

He, however, did not reveal if more arrests were likely to happen.

Police are also probing if the arrested men were part of of like-minded people by examining their mobile phones, he said. Their will be sent to a forensic science laboratory for analysis, he added.

Raut's account mentioned he was associated with the right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha, but the group yesterday denied he was its member.

A court in yesterday remanded the three men in ATS custody till August 18.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 16:55 IST