Hindu group not involved in Goa blast: Police

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 14:46

Panaji: Goa Police on Wednesday did an about turn on their claim that the right wing Hindu group Sanatana Sanstha was behind the October 16 scooter blast in Margao.

They claimed they had never said the key accused in the case Malganda Patil and Yogesh Naik had links with the Sanstha.

"Nowhere have we said that the organisation Sanatan Sanstha is involved. We just said that the persons who were suspected of carrying out the attack have links with Sanatan Sanstha,” said Atmaram Deshpande, Superintendent of Police Crime Investigating Department (CID).

Earlier, State Home Minister Ravi Naik stated that the Sanathan Sanstha worker -- Malganda Patil planned and executed Friday’s blast near a church in Margao.

"Two persons, Malganda Patil and Yogesh Naik are involved. Patil works as an administrator with the Sanathan Sanstha. He has planned and executed the blast. He planted the bomb in the scooter and thus two people were injured," Naik had said.

The Sanstha, on its part, had denied the statement made by Naik, saying the entire allegation was a conspiracy.

Sanstha’s spokesperson Abhay Vartak, had said, "The accusation that we are involved in the blast is a rumor. It is a conspiracy. There have been no arrests and no incriminating material has been found."

Maharashtra mulling ban on Sanstha

The Maharashtra government is
considering a proposal to ban Hindu right-wing organisation
Sanatan Sanstha.

Asked as to why the Sanatan Sanstha was not banned
last year despite a recommendation from the then
Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Virk told
reporters, "We will discuss this and, if we feel it is
necessary, we will surely ban the outfit."

He also said, the investigation into the blast was on
and the identity of those involved was yet to be established.

Virk was speaking on the sidelines of Commemoration Day
parade to pay homage to policemen who sacrificed their lives
in the line of duty.



First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 14:46

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