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Goa CM waits for proposal to ban Sanatan Sanstha

Last Updated: Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 20:39

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat
today said he was yet to receive any proposal from state home
ministry on ban on Sanatan Sanstha, a right wing Hindu
organisation, under scanner for its alleged role in Margao

"I cannot comment off hand? Home ministry has not yet
moved any proposal (seeking ban on Sanatan Sanstha)," Kamat
responded to a question today in Panaji.

The Chief Minister said that government can think of
banning any institution only when Home Ministry puts up the

Sanstha`s role was suspected after its activists were
allegedly involved in the Margao bomb blast and subsequent
defusing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at Sancoale.

National Investigating Agency (NIA) has almost finished
investigation into this matter and is expected to file
chargesheet before Judicial Magistrate First Class at Vasco
and Margao by May 17, 2010.

The investigation had zeroed in on four accused, Vinay
Talekar, Vinayak Patil, Dhananjay Ashtekar and Dilip

While Talekar and Patil were arrested on November 17,
2009, Ashtekar and Mangaonkar were arrested on November 10 and
November 14, 2009 respectively.

The accused were alleged to have been involved in the
conspiracy to trigger serial bomb blasts on Diwali eve.
NIA had claimed that the attempt was made to disturb
communal disharmony in the state.

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Vasco has already
granted bail to Vinayak Patil and Vinay Talekar last week as
NIA has failed to file chargesheet despite having these
accused for 180 days in the custody.

Alleged members of Sanatan Sanstha Yogesh Naik and
Malgonda Patil were killed while IEDs being carried by them
went off accidentally at Margao whereas police had defused two
Improvised Explosive Devices at Sancoale.

The demand for banning Sanstha was being raised from
various quarters. The organisation was also alleged to have
published literature intending to incite communal feelings.

The state government had initially hinted at banning the
institution but later relented.

Role of ministers within the ruling coalition was also
being discussed as Transport Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar
was found to have close links with Sanstha.

Dhavalikar`s wife is an office bearer on Sanstha`s trust.


First Published: Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 20:39
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