Margao blast: ATS searches Sanatan Sanstha office
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 18, 2009, 16:26
Panaji: Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sleuths on Sunday conducted searches at an office here run by Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu right-wing organisation allegedly linked with the Margao blast in which two of its members were killed.

The ATS personnel, who arrived here today, conducted searches along with state police at the office of the Sansthan, linked to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, in Nesai near Margao town.

The ATS personnel will help the police ascertain whether there are links between Margao blasts and explosions that occurred in Maharashtra in 2008, police said.

Officials of the Sanstha, who were detained and interrogated yesterday, were again called today for questioning.

Five people, including ashram's manager Virendra Marathe and Prithviraj Hazare, editor of Sanstha's mouthpiece 'Sanatan Prabhat', were detained yesterday.

"They were interrogated for more than 10 hours on Saturday at Margao police station," a senior police official stated.

Raids were also conducted in Sanstha's ashram at Ramnathi village, near temple town of Ponda yesterday. Goa police had defused three bombs at the site after the blast on diwali eve.

Police had confirmed that IED was used in the blast.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 18, 2009, 16:26

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