Sanstha’s link to Margao blast conspiracy is getting thicker with
all five accused arrested in the case having allegiance to the Hindu
right wing organisation operating from Goa, police said.
latest accused arrested, Dhananjay Ashtekar(20), an Electronic
Engineering student from Khed in Ratnagiri, is also associated with
the Sanatan Sanstha.
arrested on Wednesday by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the
related to the Sanstha and has made that clear during his
interrogation,” Superintendent of Police and spokesperson for Goa
police department Atmaram Deshpande said on Thursday.
the fifth Sanstha activist found to be linked with the blast on
October 16, is a student of an engineering college at Ichalkaranji,
a town in Maharashtra.
police had established that the two accused, Malgonda Patil and
Yogesh Naik who died in the Margao blast and the two arrested
persons, Vinayak Patil and Vinay Talekar, had links with the Sanstha,
which operates through its Ashram at Ramnathi.
blast had taken place at 9.30 pm on October 16 in the 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.
The police in
October had arrested Vinay Talekar, 30 and Vinayak Patil, 27
- originally from Karwar and Belgaum in Karnataka respectively -
Superintendent of Police (criminal investigation department) Atmaram
Deshpande had told the reporters. "With their arrest the pace of
investigation into the Goa blast will definitely quicken. At this
stage we are not ruling out further arrests," he said.
"There is a very
high possibility that a mastermind is involved behind the blast. A
mastermind will not come out in the open like this," Deshpande said,
when asked about the role Malgonda Patil, one of the two Sanatan
Sanstha members who died while handling the improvised explosive
device (IED) on in Margao, 35 km from here.
Interestingly, Sanathan Sanstha ever
since the blast occurred on October 16 and it came under scanner is
continuously denying it has any role in the Goa Blast. However, as
the investigations are going deeper new revelations are coming our