Sanathan not involved in blast: Goa police

via published on October 20, 2009

Barely a week after the Goa blast, there’s a new twist to the probe in the case. The Goa police have now backtracked on its earlier claim that Sanathan Sanstha — a right-wing Hindu-outfit, was involved in the October 16 Marago blast. Police claim it never said the key accused in the case Malganda Patil and Yogesh Naik had links to the Sanstha, but clarified that the Sanstha was not linked to the blast.

Atmaram Deshpande, Superintendent of Police (CID) said, “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.”

The police claim is a clear contradiction to what the Goa government has been saying. Home Minister Ravi Naik had categorically told TIMES NOW that the Sanathan Sanstha worker — Malganda Patil planned and executed the blast.

Ravi Naik, Home Minister of Goa had said, “Two persons, Malganda Patil & Yogesh Naik are involved. Patil works as an administrator with the Sanathan Sanstha. He has planned & executed the blast. He planted the bomb in the scooter & thus two people were injured.”

The Sanatha, on its part, has denied that its workers were involved in the attack saying that the entire allegation was a conspiracy. Abhay Varatak, Spokesperson, Sanathan Sanstha had said, “The accusation that we are involved in the blast is a rumour. It is a conspiracy. There have been no arrests & no incriminating material has been found.”

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