Panaji: Sanatan Sanstha, the right-wing
Hindu group which has denied its involvement in the Thane and
Margao blasts, has suddenly come out with a justification of
"I always wondered why Sanatan`s seekers were linked
to these two blasts because we do not give such preachings.
But upon thinking, I realised the reasoning and analysed it,"
Sanatan founder Jayant Balaji Athavale said.
"They could not bear the desecration of places of
Hindu worship," he wrote in the Sanstha mouthpiece `Sanatan
Prabhat` on Sunday.
Athavale, who started the Sanstha almost two decades
ago and currently stays at Ramnathi Ashram in Goa, termed such
acts as sacrifice.
"Sanatan teaches how to sacrifice the body, soul and
wealth. It`s only after these sacrifices that they mature
in `sadhana`," he said in the column.
Athavale, however, said the Sanstha does not teach
anyone what kind of sacrifice one should make as it should be
with one`s "own thinking".
The Sanstha has been alleged of carrying out the Thane
blast on June 4, 2008 and the Margao explosion on October 16,
2009. Its working came under scanner after two of its seekers
died when they were allegedly ferrying the explosives in
Margao town on Diwali eve.
Subsequent investigation zeroed in four more persons -
all linked to Sanatan - for plotting a conspiracy of serial