The Right-wing groups which are basically local Hindu organisations regulated a protest against the arrest of the gau rakshak Vaibhav Raut and for the release of the 40-year-old Raut.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested Vaibhav Raut along with Sharad Kalaskar and Sudhanva Gondhalekar on 10 August and claimed them for being involved in the conspiracy to execute blasts in the state. The ATS team discovered a huge quantity of explosive materials from Mr Raut’s residence and shop in Nallasopara.

It was observed that more than two thousand people participated in the protest from Sopara village to Nallasopara railway station on 17 August.

 

The ATS shared that Mr Raut who ran pro-cow protection outfit in Nallasopara, had planned blasts in the state ahead of Independence day and Bakri-Eid festival. The ATS was undertaking investigation whether the troop of three had any connection with the murders of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, journalist Gauri Lankesh and Govind Pansare.

The state ATS brought arrested gau rakshak Vaibhav Raut to his Nalasopara (W) bungalow around 3 pm on Wednesday and searched the three storey building. The ATS team seized four air pistols, 20 pellets, a laptop, two CPUs, two notebooks, a diary, three cellphones, two SIM cards and a few documents.

Ms Raut informed that the ATS officer even seized an Innova registered in Raut’s name. The car was suspected to transport the weapons and bombs.

Mr Raut was in an orange T-shirt, blue trousers and slippers and couldn’t speak to his wife.

The search operation lasted for 30 minutes.“The weapons will be sent to the forensic lab for ballistic tests,” ATS officer informed.

Raut, gau-rakshak and a real estate agent, with his alleged associates Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, 39, a resident of Pune and Sharad Kalaskar, 25, a resident of Nallasopara were arrested on 10 August and were claimed to be involved in a conspiracy to carry out blasts in the state.

The news of Raut being brought home spread and a large crowd gathered in front of his residence. Slogans were shouted against the ATS.