Explosives seized at Thane theater blast accused homes

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,

Mumbai: In a big blow to those who see a Muslim hand in every terror bombing, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra has seized huge quantity of explosives from the homes of the Hindu extremists arrested this week in connection with Thane theatre bombings.

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ATS had arrested four persons: Mangesh Dinkar Nikam, Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari, Santosh Angre, and Vikram Bhave for planting bombs at the Vishnu Das Bhave Auditorium in Vashi and Gadkari Rangayatan Auditorium in Thane in May. The arrested persons were associated with Hindutva groups Janjagruti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha.

During raids at the homes and fields of Vikram Bhave and Mangesh Dinkar Nikam in Warsai village in Pen (Raigad district), ATS seized two revolvers, 92 bullets and huge quantity of ammonium nitrate powder, 20 detonators, 19 gelatin sticks, timers, voltage meters, two radio circuits and remote controllers. The police have also arrested one Hari Bhav Devkar for trying to destroy the explosives.

According to the police, during the interrogation Mangesh Dinkar Nikam said a huge stock of explosive materials was kept in a gunny bag in Satara district. A police team went to the district and seized timers, detonators and other materials.

In the bomb explosion at the Gadkari Rangayatan Auditorium in Thane seven people were wounded. In the bombing detonator, gelatin rods and timer were used. A bomb was planted at Vinoba Bhave theatre at Navi Mumbai, which was later diffused.