Mumbai: Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested another suspect in connection with the Nalasopara Explosive haul. The accused, Ganesh Kapale, a DTP operator, is a friend of the accused former Shiv Sena corporator Shrikant Pangarkar.
According to the sources, Kapale’s name had cropped up during the investigation of Pangarkar and was picked up for questioning from his residence in Shani Mandir Chowk on Wednesday.
Kapale, a DTP operator, owns a Xerox shop in Jalna and was very close to Pangarkar. The ATS had suspected that Kapale was working with Pangarkar. The latter can be a part of the terror plot hatched by the right-wing terror outfits. This suspicion of ATS was confirmed after they scoured through Kapale’s computer and recovered certain e-mails. The said e-mails were sent to Kapale by Pangarkar in connection with the bomb blasts, based on which the arrests were made.
A source said, “Pangarkar could have used Kapale’s Xerox shop as a front for organising and printing documents of the financial assistance provided by him. Sharad Kalaskar, another accused in explosive haul, had named Kapale as an accomplice in the primary investigation, but after Pangarkar’s arrest, Kalaskar changed his statement.”
The ATS has arrested seven persons in the case, who have been identified as Vaibhav Raut, Sudhanva Gondhalekar, Sharad Kalaskar, Avinash Pawar, Shrikant Pangarkar, Vasudev Suryavanshi and Vijay Lodhi. Some of the arrested accused were allegedly linked to Hindu extremist outfits, who had planned an explosion at the location of a popular western music festival ‘Sunburn’ which takes place in Pune.