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Sharad Kalaskar was allegedly planning a blast at Sunburn festival in Pune, Padmavat show at Belgaum theatre, says ATS to court


Anti Terrorism Squad has revealed a shocking information which they obtained from Sharad Kalaskar’s computer. According to the details, the right activists were planning a blast at the Sunburn festival which was held in Pune in 2017. The ATS lawyer told the Sessions Court that the information decoded from Sharad Kalaskar’s computer brought the fact to light.

ATS also said to the court that a Belgaum cinema house was also a target where movie Padmaavat was screening. Sharad Kalaskar (25), Vaibhav Raut (40) and Sudhanwa Gondhalekar (39) were arrested following raids that began in the Palghar district this month and spanned to Pune, the police said.

Yesterday, right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha has denied any connection with the persons arrested in the arms and explosives seizures across the state from August 9-11. Sanstha spokesperson Chetan Rajhans said none of the accused arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation or the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad are the outfit’s members. Further, the Sanstha appealed to the masses, saying its mission is to propagate spirituality in a constitutional manner, not violence.

In 2008, two members of the Sanatan Sanstha, Mangesh Nikam and Ramesh Gadkari, had been arrested by the ATS for their alleged role in planting bombs in the parking lots of theatres in Thane and Vashi, injuring seven persons. The Sanstha had then too refuted all allegations of connection with the two arrested accused. Clearing the air on its alleged association with those arrested in the explosives haul and killing of rationalists, Rajhans said there are over 320 Hindu outfits across the country, so how could someone say they all belong to the Sanatan Sanstha? He added, “Some progressives, organisations and political leaders are spreading propaganda that all those arrested are members of the Sanatan Sanstha.