Fifth accused in Nalasopara explosives case sent to 2-day police custody

Fifth accused in the Nalasopara explosives case, Avinash Pawar, was produced in the court on Tuesday and was remanded to a two-day police custody.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) told court that all the accused used one single SIM card to carry out all operations.

Pawar had the SIM card when the group was going to target a western music concert and theatres screening Padmaavat. His location marked different places in Maharashtra. He was mainly targeting Pune.

ATS, SIM CARD AND LOCATIONS

According to the ATS, one single SIM card is used by most of the accused for conducting the operations.

The same SIM card was first used by accused Vaibhav Raut, then by Sudhanva Gondhalekar, then by Vaibhav and then by Avinash. After using the SIM card Avinash again handed it over to Vaibhav.

The ATS told court that Avinash used the SIM card during December, 2017 and January, 2018, same time the music concert and Padmaavat movie was released.

At the same time, his location showed Ghatkopar, Pune and Belgaum using the same SIM card through which the cops solved the case.

The police in the very beginning had said that they were investigating one particular SIM card which led them to solve the Nalasopara explosives case.

The cops also said that the diary recovered from the accused Avinash Pawar is decoded and revealed a lot of information.

The ATS also told the court that Avinash has done recce of many places. The ATS will carry out punchnama at those places and verify.

Based on the arguments, court granted police custody till September 6. On that day Avinash Pawar and former corporator Srikanth Pangarkar will be produced before the court again.

Defence advocate Sanjeev Punalekar said, “There is one NCP worker who owns the SIM card which is allegedly used by all. But the same NCP worker has told the ATS that he never gave the SIM card to the accused. Therefore, it is very clear that the ATS is trying to save the NCP worker in the case and taking unnecessary people into police custody.”

Source: India Today

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