The Maharashtra Police is probing whether the four men arrested on terror charges recently have links with any radical Hindu outfits, and it may question the head of one such organisation, Sanatan Sanstha, a senior official today said.
The Hindu organisation, whose headquarters is in Goa, has denied that he was its member.
The ATS is probing their links with radical Hindu organisations, their masterminds and their motives, he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
When asked if Jayant Athawale, the head of the Sanatan Sanstha, would be questioned, the official said, "If necessary, we will call him for questioning."
Raut, Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Shrikant Pangarkar were arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra Police over the last ten days, and explosives and firearms seized from Nallasopara, Pune and Solapur.
The official said the accused operated "in silos", communicating with each other in code words. Everybody had a specific role which others in the group did not know, he said.
They may have received training in bomb-making through the Internet, and further training in handling of arms and explosives in neighbouring states, said the official.
Pangarkar, who was arrested two days ago, allegedly played the role of "facilitator and provider", he said.
The ATS is also probing financial trails of the accused and analysing their bank accounts for the last six years, he said.
After his arrest by the ATS, Kalaskar allegedly revealed that he and his friend Sachin Andure were involved in the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar following which the CBI arrested Andure.
Asked about the state's earlier proposal to ban the Sanatan Sanstha, another official said the state government had sent the proposal to the Centre in 2011, following which the Union government sought more information.
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