Mumbai, September 15: Chemical powders weighing 24 kg were seized from terror plot suspect Vaibhav Raut's home in Nalasopara which were enough to make 50-60 bombs, reports said on Friday.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had seized 22 explosives, arms and raw materials from Vaibhav Raut’s three-storey bungalow. A senior IPS officer, who is privy to the probe, said that an attack at the Sunburn music festival was a part of the terror conspiracy, which was set to be held in November-December 2018. Low-intensity Blast in Jalandhar Police Station, Cop Sustains Minor Injury
According to the Anti-Terrorism Squad, the group planned to target Sunburn music festival, as they consider it "anti-Hindu".
The seizures were made by the ATS Last month. Subsequently, the catch of chemical powder was sent to the forensic science laboratory (FSL) for analysis. A report by FSL confirmed that the powders are explosives by nature.
According to the investigators, the right-wing terror suspects were planning blasts in five towns in the state - Pune, Satara, Mumbai and Solapur. They had also drawn up a hit-list of prominent personalities, including activist Shyam Manav, rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s daughter Mukta and NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad. The group wanted to target those who spoke against Hinduism or portrayed Hindus in a poor light said police sources.
“Most of the accused were social media-savvy and were very active. We are scanning their social media profiles and post. It will give us more information about the suspects and their ideology,” said a source.
Previously, the Bhandari community and cow vigilantes marched in the streets of Nalasopara to protest against the arrest of Vaibhav Raut by the state ATS.