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Margao blast: 5 arrested having allegiance with Sanatan Sanstha

Last Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 15:22

Panaji: Sanatan Sanstha`s link to Margao
blast conspiracy is getting thicker with all five accused
arrested in the case having allegiance to the Hindu right wing
organisation operating from Goa, police said.

The latest arrest of Dhananjay Ashtekar(20), an
Electronic Engineering student from Khed in Ratnagiri is also
associated with Sanatan Sanstha`s activities.

He was arrested on Wednesday evening by state police`s
Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is mandated to probe
the blast.

"He is related to Sanstha and has made it clear during
his interrogation," Superintendent of Police and spokesperson
for Goa police department Atmaram Deshpande told a news agency today.

Ashtekar was studying in an engineering college at
Ichalkaranji, a town in Maharashtra.

Deshpande said that the youth was being interrogated
over blast case and only when there was sufficient material on
record to prove his involvement, he was placed under arrest.

Ashtekar is the fifth Sanatan Sanstha activist found
to be linked with the blast conspiracy which went awry on the
eve of Diwali.

Earlier two accused, Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik,
who died in the Margao blast and two arrested persons, Vinayak
Patil and Vinay Talekar, have confessed their links to
Sanstha, which operates through its Ashram at Ramnathi.

Deshpande had earlier said that the Sanstha is under
scanner as its activists are part of the blast conspiracy.

The police have, however, refused to move for a ban
against Sanstha as there are no enough evidence to rope in it
for the conspiracy.

The Margao blast took place on October 16 killing two

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 15:22
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