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Explosives case: Sanatan chief may be questioned: Police

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The is probing whether the four men arrested on terror charges recently have links with any radical Hindu outfits, and it may question the of one such organisation, Sanatan Sanstha, a senior today said.

Vaibhav Raut, who runs a cow protection outfit and was first to be arrested, claimed on his account that he was associated with the

organisation, whose headquarters is in Goa, has denied that he was its member.

The probe has shown that the arrested men have visited different parts of the country, including Goa, the senior said.

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 of the Sanatan Sanstha, would be questioned, the said, "If necessary, we will call him for questioning."

Raut, Sharad Kalaskar, and were arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of over the last ten days, and explosives and firearms seized from Nallasopara, Pune and Solapur.

The ATS had said they were planning to carry out blasts ahead of and

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 for the last six years, he said.

After his arrest by the ATS, Kalaskar allegedly revealed that he and his friend 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 had sent the proposal to the Centre in 2011, following which the sought more information.

A fresh report proposing a ban was submitted again to the Centre in 2015. "If the asks, we will add details of the present case to the earlier proposal," said the

Following the arrests in the present case, opposition and had demanded a ban on the Sanstha.

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First Published: Tue, August 21 2018. 21:50 IST