A packet containing a suspected explosive substance, a detonator-like object and some paper cuttings was received by one of the offices of a radical organisation, Sambhaji Brigade, which is known for its anti-Brahmin agenda. In the headlines of the paper cuttings, some names including that of a well-known journalist, a politician and a Sambhaji Brigade officer bearer, were crossed in red ink.
As per the First Information Report registered at Vishrambag police station by Ajay Bhosale, state convenor of Sambhaji Birgade, the packet addressed to him was received on Friday at Narayan Peth office of Jijai Publication, which is owned by the organisation . The owner of the building that houses the office handed over the packet to Bhosale.
Police said the packet contained paper cuttings of Sanatan Prabhat, a mouth-piece of Sanantan Sanstha, which is another radical and extremist Hindutva organisation.
“In the headlines of the paper cuttings, some names were crossed in red ink. The names are of a politician, a senior TV journalist and a Sambhaji Brigade office bearer. The packet contained a small envelope, a semi-solid substance of yellow-brown tinge in a polythene bag and a small metal pipe to which two wires were connected, resembling a detonator,” said a police officer.
On Sunday, after Bhosale approached Vishrambag police station, a unit of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) was called in. A BDDS staffer said the dog indicated that the packet contained an explosive substance. “It looks like gelatin which is used in stone quarries and the metal pipe with wires resembles a detonator. Only chemical analysis will confirm the substance.”
Deputy commissioner of police (Zone 1) Tushar Doshi said, “Prima facie, the substance in the packet is an explosive and an offence has been registered. We are probing into the paper cuttings.” Police teams are also probing whether it is an act of mischief or a threat to the organisation.