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ATS Arrests Mumbai Man In Explosives Haul, 5 Held So Far

Avinash Pawar (30) was arrested Friday night and will be produced before a court on Saturday, the official added.

ATS Arrests Mumbai Man In Explosives Haul, 5 Held So Far
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ATS Arrests Mumbai Man In Explosives Haul, 5 Held So Far
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2018-08-25T14:20:48+05:30

In an ongoing investigation into the recent seizure of explosives and arms, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Aquad (ATS) has arrested one more person from Ghatkopar in Maharashtra, an official said on Saturday.

Avinash Pawar (30) was arrested Friday night and will be produced before a court on Saturday, the official added.

Pawar was involved in the conspiracy to carry out blasts in the state with Vaibhav Raut, Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Shrikant Pangarkar, who were earlier arrested in this case, according to the ATS.

 Pawar's name cropped up during the interrogation of the arrested accused, the official added.

"We have arrested Pawar under sections 4, 5 of the Explosive Substances Act, read with section 9(B) of the Explosives Act, section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and sections 16 (punishment for terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy for terrorist act) and 20 (being a member of terrorist gang) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA)," he said.

The ATS had on August 10 arrested Raut (40), who ran the "Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti", a little-known pro-cow protection outfit, at Nallasopara in Palghar district.

After Raut's arrest, the ATS had nabbed Kalaskar (25) and Gondhalekar (39), following raids in Palghar and Pune districts. Pangarkar, former Shiv Sena corporator from Jalna, was arrested on August 19.

The ATS had claimed to have recovered 20 crude bombs, two gelatin sticks, four electronic and 22 non-electronic detonators, 150 gms of explosive powder and some other materials, which according to the police, were to be used to trigger blasts at various places in the state.

PTI

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