The acquitted youths, Salim Malik (29), Shoeb Khan (29) and Abdul Malik (24), were slapped with terror charges following an attack on policemen outside a mosque in Pusad on September 25, 2015 on Bakr Eid over the beef ban in the state.
The police have booked Assistant Police Inspector Amol Tekale of ATS, Ram Jagdale of Sahkar Nagar and two women, including a Marathi film actress, who had lodged an offence of molestation against the 28-year-old actor in September last year.
Sharad Kalaskar, Avinash Pawar, an employee of Mazgaon docks and Shrikant Pangarkar, a former Shiv Sena corporator, sought bail claiming that there is no direct or indirect evidence linking them to the case.
The ATS is the third agency after the CBI and the Karnataka SIT to name the Sanatan Sanstha in a chargesheet. While the CBI has named the Sanstha in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, Karnataka SIT has named the organisation in its chargesheet in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
Lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, representing the accused, said that the ATS had not given any grounds for further extension of Pangarkar’s custody. However, the court went on to grant the ATS Pangarkar’s custody till September 6.
The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has informed both the central and state governments that the right wing outfit is not registered as a single entity but as separate units in every district and city, sources told The Indian Express.
The ATS is now investigating if the three arrested, and their associates, were operating a weapons manufacturing unit, or procured the arms and ammunition from other states, such as Uttar Pradesh and Assam.