Maharashtra moots ban on Sanatan Sanstha

Last Updated: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 13:33

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has
decided to ban right wing Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha,
for its alleged involvement in terror activities and would
soon send a proposal to the Centre in this regard.

"The Home Department has started a process of banning the
organisation considering its involvement in various unlawful
activities. The request would be sent to the Centre soon," a
senior official from the Home Department said today.

Maharashtra ATS had sought a ban on the outfit in 2008
after the arrest of six people linked to the Sanstha for
allegedly setting off a bomb at a theatre in Thane district
during a Marathi play, `Aamhi Paachpute`.

Even social activists had demanded a ban on the Sanstha,
after its was allegedly involved in other bomb blasts at
Vashi theatre, Parbhani, Jalna, Purna and Malegaon in
Maharashtra, Goa and at Ajmer dargah in Rajasthan.

Two persons, owing allegiance to the Sanstha, were also
allegedly involved in the 2009 blasts in Margao on the eve of
Diwali which left three dead.

Slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare had exposed the right wing
organisation`s network in Maharashtra and neighbouring states
and its suspected involvement in the terror activities.

Even the outfit`s mouthpiece `Sanatan Prabhat` came under
scanner for its provocative write-ups, targeting a particular
community.

Meanwhile, NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad who first demanded the
ban welcomed the government`s decision. "I was the first to
demand the ban on the organisation for its involvement in
terror activities. I will press the demand in the ensuing
Assembly session of the state beginning from March 14," he
said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 13:33

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