The Goa police believe there is a difference between jihadi
terrorism and right wing Hindu terrorism.
A senior police official who is
investigating the Diwali eve blast carried out by members affiliated
to the Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha (SS) in Margao, a major town in
South Goa 35 km from here, said that the Oct 16 blast was aimed at
targeting a public function, unlike other threats by jihadi groups
received by Goa in the past.
"The aims and goals of both groups
differ. Jihadi elements have threatened Goa's coastline in the past.
We have also received threats of places frequented by tourists being
targeted in the past. But this is different," Superintendent of
Police Atmaram Deshpande told reporters.
"The recent attack shows that the
target was a public function frequented by many people. Chaos was
perhaps their intended objective," he added.
tourist haven, has received several terror threats in the past
especially from October to March, the period which attracts the most
tourists to the state.
The threats from jihadi groups,
according to police, targeted popular night spots.
After the 26/11 terror strikes in
Mumbai last year, Goa even saw bunkers and gun turrets all along its
beaches after intelligence agencies warned of a terror threat from
Amidst these increasing number of
terror threats from jihadi groups over the last few years, the
Diwali eve blast by the Hindu group SS could have caught the police
Two people, both members of the SS,
died in the Diwali eve blast when detonator-rigged gelatine sticks
they were ferrying on a scooter exploded. Malgonda Patil, a Sangli-based
high ranking member of the SS died of injuries a few hours after the
blast; the other scooter rider Yogesh Naik succumbed to his injuries
a few days later.
Both Patil and Naik, who have been
accused in the blast case, were parking their scooter near a festive
gathering 100 metres from the district administration headquarters
building when the gelatine sticks exploded. Goa Chief Minister
Digambar Kamat was in close proximity when the incident occurred.
The police have arrested two people in
connection with the Goa blast. Both the accused Vinay Talekar, 30,
and Vinayak Patil, 27, are originally from Karnataka.