`Aggression landed Juvekar in team to carry out Goa blast`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 17:26
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 blast.

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.


First Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 17:26

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