Investigating officers confiscated 1000's of gallons of chemicals and about $4 million in cash and gold. None of this property belonged to Matsumoto nor had any apparent links to the kidnapping. The police steadfastly maintained that they were investigating a kidnapping and not the subway gas attack. However, as Chief Takashi Kakimi put it "We will conduct investigations bearing possible links [to the subway gassing] in mind." Most foreign news wires questioned the legality of the raids, but the domestic press remained silent on the matter. Aum's lawyer formally protested the raids.
Day 2: March 23 -- Police Expand Their Actions
Day 3: March 24 -- "Aum Shinri Kyo Should be Dissolved"
Police announced that they have found in Kamikuishiki all the ingredients needed to produce sarin. Newspapers claimed it was enough to kill 4.2 million to 10 million people. All of the chemicals confiscated appear to have been procured legally, and no sarin has yet been found.
Aum filed a Y30 million lawsuit against the police for the damage caused by the raids.
Day 4: March 25 -- The Gulf War Connection?
Police intensified their hunt for a man they believe may have planted the sarin gas. Witnesses saw this man place a "suspicious object" on the floor. Another man shouted "that man is a criminal" and began chasing him. Both men succumbed to the gas and passed out. Police feel confident that they will locate this individual as he was undoubtedly hospitalized. (As of April 22nd, the police have not mentioned this person again.)
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