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Maha ATS gets custody of right-wing Hindu outfit members


PTI 10 Aug 2018, 02:42 PM India

Mumbai, Aug 10 (PTI) A sessions court here today

remanded three persons, arrested by the Maharashtra

Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for allegedly possessing crude

bombs and weapons, in the agency's custody till August 18.

Additional sessions Judge Sameer Adkar remanded the

three accused -- Vaibhav Raut, Sharad Kalaskar and Sudhanwa

Gondhalekar -- in ATS custody till August 18.

The accused were reportedly arrested late yesterday night in

an ATS operation conducted in Bhandar Aali area of Nallasopara West in neighbouring Palghar district.

The accused were booked under provisions of the

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal

Code.

The ATS had sought their custody for 15 days on the

ground that it needed to ascertain why the bombs were made,

where the accused persons got training to assemble the bombs,

if they were associated with any terrorist group and from

where they procured the material to assemble the bombs.

The ATS in its remand application said it had received

secret information on August 7 that some persons planning to carry out terrorist activities in Pune and Mumbai.

"Based on this information, searches were carried out

at the shops and residences of the accused persons. From the

searches, 22 crude bombs were seized along with a chit on how

to assemble the bombs," ATS lawyer Sunil Gonsalves told the

court.

In court, the three accused told the judge that they

had been assaulted by ATS officers.

The court said their medical reports have not revealed

any external injuries.

"The accused persons shall be taken for medical

examination once again and a report shall be submitted on

August 13," the court directed.

Sanjeev Punalekar, the lawyer of the accused persons,

told the court that the case was "bogus" and claimed that the

three had been framed.

"They should be remanded to judicial custody,"

Punalekar said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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