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Maharashtra explosives case: Right-wing outfits protest, demand release of accused

PTI
Published Aug 18, 2018, 1:37 pm IST
Updated Aug 18, 2018, 1:37 pm IST
The Maharashtra ATS had arrested Vaibhav Raut and seized huge quantity of explosives from his residence in Nallasopara.
Vaibhav Raut allegedly ran a pro-cow protection outfit in Nallasopara. He was arrested along with Sharad Kalaskar and Sudhanva Gondhalekar. (Photo: Video screengrab)
 Vaibhav Raut allegedly ran a pro-cow protection outfit in Nallasopara. He was arrested along with Sharad Kalaskar and Sudhanva Gondhalekar. (Photo: Video screengrab)

 Mumbai: Local right-wing groups on Friday took out a protest march seeking the release of Vaibhav Raut, arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra police in an explosives seizure case, at Nallasopara near Mumbai.

The ATS had arrested Vaibhav Raut on August 10 and claimed to have seized a huge quantity of explosive materials from his house and shop in Nallasopara, allegedly meant to be used to carry out blasts in the state.

 

The protest march against his arrest was organised by some local Hindu organisations, an ATS official said.

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Over 2,000 people participated in the march from Sopara village to Nallasopara railway station on Friday afternoon, he said.

Vaibhav Raut allegedly ran a pro-cow protection outfit in Nallasopara. He was arrested along with Sharad Kalaskar and Sudhanva Gondhalekar.

Alleging that the trio were planning to carry out blasts in the state ahead of Independence day and Bakri-Eid festival, the ATS had said it would also probe if they had any connection with the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare and journalist Gauri Lankesh.

 

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