Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu rightwing group whose members have been
linked to the Diwali eve blast in Goa, Tuesday alleged harassment of
its women members by people residing near its premises.
Virendra Marathe, administrator of the group’s ashram at Ramnathi,
25 km from here, said at a press conference here that “anti-social
elements” were repeatedly targeting its women’s quarters with stones
have registered nearly six complaints with the police over the last
one month, but no action has been taken,” Marathe said.
women ’sadhaks’ (members) have been repeatedly attacked with soda
bottles, stones pelted at them and several have been injured in the
last one month,” Marathe said, adding they had already submitted
video evidence of such violence to the police but there had been no
While the group has in the past has accused Home Minister Ravi Naik
- elected from the Ponda legislative constituency, which adjoins the
ashram - of targeting the Sanstha, Marathe refused to drag him into
the controversy this time.
do not know who is targeting us. We have done our job by filing a
police complaint and naming the accused. It is up to police to act,”
of the group members from Goa and Maharashtra have been arrested in
connection with the Oct 16 blast in which two of its members were
killed in an explosion while ferrying gelatine sticks, allegedly
meant to be detonated at a gathering in Margao, a major town in
south Goa 35 km from here.
investigations into the blast were initially carried out by a Goa
Police special investigation team, but will now be handed over to
National Investigation Agency (NIA).