Mumbai: Sanatan Sanstha member Prashant
Juvekar, arrested for his alleged role in the 2009 Goa blast,
was included in the group tasked with engineering the
explosion due to his `aggressiveness` in propagating the
outfit`s ideology, Maharashtra ATS officials said today.
"Juvekar became a member of the right-wing Hindu outfit
in 2006, a year after his parents got associated with it.
Since then, he was actively involved in the Sanstha`s
activities and was very aggressive in propagating its
ideology. His speeches were crowd pullers and made people sit
up and listen," an official probing the case said on
condition of anonymity.
Juvekar, absconding since October 16 last year, was
arrested from near Bhusawal railway station in Jalgaon
district on July 31 for his alleged role in the blast that
killed Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik, members of the same
organisation, the ATS said.
A 7.65 mm pistol was allegedly recovered from the
24-year-old, hailing from Ratnagiri.
"Impressed by his aggressiveness in promoting and
propagating the Sanstha`s ideology, Patil decided to make him
part of the group of eleven that was entrusted to trigger the
blast," the official added.
According to the ATS, Juvekar met Patil on August 23 in
Goa when the duo went to an unknown location where a terror
training programme was organised for three days and Juvekar
learnt making IEDs, detonators and timing devises among other
explosives. The two had also discussed the plan to execute the
The October 16 blast 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, killing Patil and Naik.
The National Investigating Agency (NIA), probing the
blast case, had filed a charge sheet against 11 Sanatan
Sanstha members and made five arrests before Juvekar was
nabbed by the ATS.
Those named in the charge sheet include Patil and Naik,
who were killed when the bomb went off.
Since the blast, Juvekar frequently changed his location
to evade arrest, the ATS claimed, 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
employees, the ATS said.
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, the ATS added.