Probe into October blast in Goa given to NIA
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Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009, 15:13
New Delhi: The probe into the blast in Goa, which was triggered in October, has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency for a thorough enquiry as it was emerging that links to the crime, alleged to have been carried out by Hindu extremists, were found in other states as well.

The Goa Government issued a notification to the Centre recently after which the NIA, formed in the aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was asked to initiate a probe into the bomb blast at Margo that killed two persons on October 16 this year.

After registering the case, the NIA formed a team and dispatched them to take over the details of the case from Goa Police, official sources said.

Sources said it has become necessary to investigate the case of the Margao blast by the NIA as a right-wing Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha was allegedly involved in the explosion.

This is the first ever case related to a Hindu group that has been handed over to NIA. Earlier, Nanded blasts of 2004 had been handed over to the CBI.

The Sanstha, which is now headquartered in the temple town of Ramnathi in the Ponda region of Goa, has members and associates in several states.

"Investigations have hinted that Sanatan Sanstha had its base in Maharashtra before being shifted to Goa," the source said. The Sanstha has denied its involvement in the explosion.

The dead -- Melgunda Patil and Yogesh Naik -- were members of the Sanstha, which is believed to have links with Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur.

The Goa Police' Special Investigation Team, which is probing the case, has conducted searches at several places across Goa. So far four persons, all related to the Sanstha, were arrested and booked for hatching a serial bomb blast conspiracy in the state.

The blast took place near the Grace Church in Margo, where some effigies of Narkasur, a mythical demon, were symbolically burnt to celebrate the victory of good over evil on the eve of Diwali.

The Goa Police has already sent a report to the Centre giving details of the probe conducted so far.


First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009, 15:13

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