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NIA probing Sanatan Sanstha`s source of funding

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 18:12

Panaji: National Investigation Agency
(NIA) is probing the source of funding of Sanatan Sanstha, a
right-wing Hindu group whose members have been named accused
in the 2009 Margao bomb blast.

The charge sheet filed by the agency has said that as
part of the Margao blast probe, the funding pattern of the
organisation is also being looked into.
"Investigations have been undertaken into the funding
of Sanatan Sanstha and its sister organisations, and also the
inter-state ramification of the incident (blast)," according
to the 3,000-odd page charge sheet filed on May 17.

The charge sheet filed in a district court here has
named 11 accused, who according to NIA, were linked to the
outfit. These include two persons who died in the
low-intensity blast on October 16, 2009 while allegedly
transporting explosives on a scooter.
The Sanstha`s sister organisations have come under
scanner as Malgonda Patil, the main accused who died in the
accidental explosion, was a managing trustee of Dharma Prachar
Sabha, an affiliate of the outfit which has its headquarters
at Ramnathi village, about 30km from here.

"He was an active sadhak (seeker) who looked after the
management of Sanatan Sanstha at Ponda," the document said.

Investigations have revealed that Patil met another
accused at Ramnathi Ashram to discuss the blast, the
charge sheet said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 18:12

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