Margao blast: ATS searches Sanatan Sanstha office

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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