Goa blasts: ‘Frame charges against Sanatan Sanstha’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 22:23
Panaji: Almost nine months after Margao blast, the local court today ordered framing of charges against four activists of Sanatan Sanstha.

Two people had died on the spot after the conspiracy to have serial blasts in the state went awry on Diwali eve last year.

District and Sessions court in Margao today ordered that the charges be framed against Vinay Talekar, Vinayak Patil, Dhananjay Ashtekar and Dilip Mangaonkar, all arrested in connection with the blast.

All the accused are linked to Sanatan Sanstha. Five more accused in the blast conspiracy are absconding.

Goa Police's special cell had initially investigated the case which was later handed over to National investigation agency (NIA).

The court has ordered that the charges be framed under sections 121 (A), 122, 123, 427 of Indian Penal Code read with 16, 17, 18, 23 of unlawful activities (prevention) act and 3,4 and 5 of Explosive Substance Act.

Criminal conspiracy (Section 120-B) and waging war against the nation (Section 121).

NIA chargesheet mentions that 250 witnesses were examined during the investigation of the case. During the arguments, the prosecutor also claimed that Mumbai police had arrested one Sadaqat following the blasts in Delhi and he allegedly revealed how Riyaz, Iqbal Bhatkal, Amir Raza and Dr Shahnawaz, all absconding, conspired to carry out explosions at Delhi, Ahmedabad and Surat in 2008.

The prosecutor had yesterday also tried to establish a link between SIMI and IM by reading out a confessional statement of Jamaluddin Nasir, an accused in 2002 American Centre attack case, recorded by a judicial magistrate in Kolkata.

The prosecutor had claimed IM was managed and run by those having direct links with SIMI.

He alleged the accused, who faced trial in the American Centre attack case, were closely connected with Amir Raza Khan now stationed in Pakistan.

The court is hearing arguments on the charges to be framed against 14 accused arrested so far in the five cases registered in connection with the serial blasts here.

The proceedings in the matter are conducted through video conferencing as 11 out of 14 accused are lodged at Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad.

All the accused have been chargesheeted under various provisions of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act.


First Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 22:23

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