Goa Home Ministry has said Malgonda Patil, prime accused in the
Margao blast, was also a managing trustee of two more Hindu
organisations besides his association with Sanatan Sanstha.
names of these two organisations -- Dharma Prachar Sabha and Hindu
Dharma Prathisthan -- had surfaced publicly for the first time since
October 16, when a blast triggered panic in the commercial town of
Margao in South Goa.
record furnished on the floor of the House during the state assembly
session yesterday has confirmed Patil's links to these two
Patil (28), a native of Sangli in Maharashtra, till date was known
only for his links with Sanatan Sanstha, a right-wing Hindu
organisation operating from Goa's Ramnathi village. He died when the
bomb he had planned to plant triggered prematurely.
Yogesh Patil (29), a Goan native, also died in the blast, which
occurred on Diwali eve and was part of a larger conspiracy to
trigger serial explosions in the state. Home Minister Ravi Naik in a
statement in the floor of the House said that gelatin sticks,
detonators and timer circuits were used to set off the explosion. He
said immediately after the blast Chief Minister Digamber Kamat along
with Fatorda constituency legislator Damodar Naik visited the spot.
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar (BJP) had earlier questioned
the police's move to allow VIPs at the spot even before it was
thoroughly checked by the Bomb Disposal Squad. BJP legislator Vijay
Pai Khot had raised the question about the timing of VIPs' visit and
arrival of the squad during the current assembly session.
However, the home minister refrained from specifying the timing and
said "soon after the blast, the BDS reached the spot...After
visiting the spot, the squad declared the venue as safe."
Meanwhile, the Diwali
eve blast investigation has been formally handed over to the National
Investigation Agency (NIA), police here said Thursday.
intimated the South Goa district and sessions court on Wednesday
that they have taken over the investigation of the blast which
occurred on Oct 16,” police spokesperson Atmaram Deshpande told
team is expected to arrive on Monday to take over the investigation
from the Goa police special investigation team (SIT),” he added.
government had ordered setting up of an SIT to probe the blast case,
in which two Sanatan Sanstha members died in an accidental explosion
while they were ferrying detonator-rigged gelatin sticks.
The SIT has
already registered several cases against four members of the group
who are presently in its custody.