Margao blast: Absconding Sanstha member arrested
Mumbai: An absconding member of right-wing
Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha has been arrested by
Maharashtra ATS for his alleged role in the 2009 Goa blast --
the sixth person to be held in the case.
An ATS team laid a trap and arrested Prashant Juvekar,
absconding since October 16 last year, from near Bhusawal
railway station in Jalgaon district on July 31, state ATS
chief Rakesh Maria said.
Juvekar, 24, hailing from Ratnagiri, was produced
before a Nashik court which remanded him in police custody
till August 3.
A 7.65 mm pistol was recovered from Juvekar, who was
actively involved in the conspiracy and was trained in making
IEDs, detonators and timing devises, Maria said.
The blast, which had claimed two lives, occurred on
Diwali-eve in a busy thoroughfare in Margao, barely a few
hundred metres from a place where Chief Minister Digamber
Kamat was participating in some celebrations.
The National Investigating Agency (NIA), probing the
case, had filed a charge sheet against 11 Sanatan Sanstha
members and made five arrests before nabbing Juvekar. Those
named in the charge sheet include Malgonda Patil and Yogesh
Naik, who were killed when the bomb went off.
According to the ATS, Juvekar had met Patil on August
23 when duo went to some place where the former was trained in
making explosives. They had also discussed the blast
"Juvekar was trained for three days in making
explosives. On experimental basis, the duo even exploded a
small IED in hill area near Naik`s residence," Maria said.
Since the blast, Juvekar frequently changed his
location to evade arrest, he said, adding the accused stayed
in suburban Malad here for sometime at his maternal uncle`s
place and travelled to various places including Baroda,
Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Delhi, Varanasi and Bihar.
Juvekar, graduated in Commerce stream and discontinued
his law course. His mother and father are retired bank
Maria said the NIA has been informed about Juvekar`s
arrest and the agency was likely to seek his custody soon.
The other five arrested are Vinay Talekar, Vinayak
Patil, Dhananjay Ashtekar, Dilip Mangaonkar and Prashant
Ashtekar. The absconding accused in the case are Sarang
Akolkar, Jayaprakash alias Anna, Rudra Patil.
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