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Palghar arms haul case: ATS chargesheet reveals role of Hindu groups in terror plot

 MUMBAI, Dec 6: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATSS) has made shocking revelations of the alleged role of various Hindu organisations in the Palghar arms haul case of August this year and the subsequent unveiling of a terror plot targeting several cities and rationalists in the state.

Following investigations, the ATS had nabbed two persons from Nalasopara (Palghar) and one from Pune who were planning to carry out terror acts in Mumbai and the upcoming Sunburn music festival scheduled in Pune.

The three revealed the involvement of a dozen others in the conspiracy of whom nine who have been arrested, and three are still absconding, said an ATS official.

"During investigation, it was revealed that the members of the terrorist gang are also members of organisations such as 'Sanathan Sanstha', 'Hindu Janjagruti' and other similar smaller organisations," said the ATS, in a detailed chargesheet filed before the Special NIA Court in Mumbai on Wednesday.

During the swoop on a bungalow and other premises in Nalasopara, the ATS had recovered 20 live country bombs, two gelative sticks, four electric and 22 non-electric detonators, two complete and one incomplete PCB circuits, six battery connectors and six transistors, four relay switches, two gelatine sticks, safety fuse wires, a multimeter, soldering machine and soldering equipment, two one-litre bottles on which word 'poison' was written and different varieties of explosive substances.

The ATS said the three had formed a terror gang, stored the explosive material, made and stored the bombs when they were arrested.

From the seized diaries, details of terror training camps, the planning for terrorist acts to be executed and the connected conspiracy in coded languages were revealed which the accused helped decipher.

The accused had also stopped using their personal mobile phones during execution of a conspiracy and instead used separate handsets with SIM cards registered in different names. - IANS

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