Two persons reportedly belonging to Sanathan Saunstha - a Hindu
religious group were detained on Saturday in connection with the
explosion in Margao town in Goa in which two members of the outfit
blast took place at 9.30 pm on Friday night when explosives kept in
a scooter went off on a busy street in Margao, 30 kms from Panaji.
Police claimed the outfit is allegedly linked to Malegaon blast
accused and right-wing activist Sadhvi Pragya Singh.
men identified as Malgondi Patil and Yogesh Naik, who were carrying
the bagful of country made explosives were reportedly riding a
scooter when the blast occurred. Both were immediately taken to Goa
Medical College hospital and Patil succumbed to his injuries, while
Naik is in a critical condition," sources said.
blast took place near the Grace Church in Margao, where a religious
event was being held during which effigies of a mythical demon,
Narkasur, were brunt to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Minister Ravi Naik said the explosives may have got triggered before
being planted at a designated spot.
Police raided Sanatan Saunstha headquarters at Ramnathi in Ponda
town, 20 kms from Margao, following the blast. "Two people owing
their allegiance to Saunstha have been detained for further
interrogation," said Naik.
person named Melgunda Patil, hailing from Maharashtra, was killed in
the blast last night while another, Yogesh Naik, succumbed to his
injuries this morning, hospital sources said.
Police said both belonged to the Saunstha and were riding the
scooter. "The scooter which was carrying the explosives belongs to
Saunstha's disciple Nishad Bakle," Naik said. Within half an hour of
Friday's explosion, bomb disposal squad detected and defused another
bomb with an electric circuit, a clock, four gelatin sticks and a
detonator at Sancoale, 20 kms from the blast site.
Margao town was abuzz with people last night as it hosted 'Narakasur'
effigy competition in the heart of the town, which is a tradition on
the eve of Diwali. The blast took place only a few metres away from
the competition venue.
said the explosives may have got triggered before being planted at a
designated spot. "The scooter which was carrying the explosives got
hauled up in the traffic jam and hence there was a delay in reaching
the spot," he said.
have recovered mobile and other gadgets from the place where both of
them were staying," Naik said. The Home Minister said when Sanatan
Saunstha's ashram was raided at Ramnathi last night, there were 250
people present in it, some from Maharashtra.
don't know how many people are involved but we are investigating all
the people in detail," Naik said.
Terming the incident "very serious", he said he has asked police to
investigate without any "political interference".
"There is every possibility of a political interference in the case.
I have asked police to do their job as an independent authority," he
said refusing to elaborate on the issue of "political interference".
Hindu right-wing groups came under scanner in Maharashtra after
Sadhvi Pragya, Lt Col S P Purohit and several other Hindu activists
were arrested in connection with the Malegaon blasts of September
Sanathan Saunstha today expressed readiness to
cooperate fully with the investigating agencies in the case.
an official statement here, the outfit blamed the media for linking
the blast to the organisation, which it claimed was ''not true'',
stating that the allegations amounted to defaming the religious
Sanathan Saunstha further stated that there was no justification by
the police to accuse its two activists of being involved in the
blast and raid their office. The Saunstha clarified that it did not
believe in violence of any kind since inception.