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Goa blast: Prime accused linked to two more Hindu groups


Thursday, December 17, 2009 09:18:12 PM, & Agencies

Goa blast to be investigated by NIA: The Diwali eve blast in Goa that killed two people - reportedly on way to plant bomb - has been formally handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), police ...... Read Full

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Panaji: The 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.


The 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.


The record furnished on the floor of the House during the state assembly session yesterday has confirmed Patil's links to these two institutions.


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.


“NIA has 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 reporters.


“The NIA team is expected to arrive on Monday to take over the investigation from the Goa police special investigation team (SIT),” he added.


The Goa 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.







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