The Goa Police Monday said there were
similarities in the Diwali eve explosion in Margao and blasts
carried out by members of the right wing Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha
in Thane, Vashi and Panvel in Maharashtra last year.
Meanwhile, the Goa government is
contemplating a ban on the Sanatan Sanstha and has begun probing the
links of the state transport minister's wife with the organization.
"There are similarities in the
explosives used in the blasts in Thane, Vashi and Panvel and the IED
blast in Goa," Deputy Inspector General of Police R.S. Yadav said
addressing a press conference at the police head quarters in Panaji
He also said that one of those killed
in the Goa blast, Sangli-based Sanatan Sanstha (SS) member Malgonda
Patil, was in touch with Vikram Vinay Bhave, who was arrested in
connection with the blasts in Maharashtra.
The officer said that the gelatin
sticks used for the IEDs in Goa were sourced from Nagpur-based
explosives manufacturer Suraj Explosive Works, an angle which will
be probed by the Goa police. Yadav admitted to the probability of
the involvement of several other SS members in the blast in Margao.
"We have questioned several high
ranking members of the ashram including the managing trustee
Virendra Marathe, editor of their newspaper Prithviraj Hazare,"
Yadav said, adding that the police also met the group's founder
Jayant Athavale, who he said "was recuperating from a long illness".
Meanwhile, in an interesting
disclosure, DIG Yadav rebutted earlier statements by the Home
Minister Ravi Naik that Malgonda's accomplice Yogesh Naik was dead.
"He is in a very critical condition, but he is not dead yet," Yadav
Earlier, Advocate General Subodh
Kantak told reporters that the state was looking at banning the
Sanatan Sanstha. "The decision could be taken tomorrow (Tuesday),"
Home Minister Ravi Naik said the
police would probe the links of the wife of state transport minister
Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar with the SS.
"We are probing everyone. We know that
Jyoti Dhavalikar is part of the institution, although we do not know
in what capacity. I have asked police to enquire," Naik said.
Sudin Dhavalikar is a Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party (MGP) legislator and part of the Congress-led
coalition government. Sudin's brother Deepak Dhavalikar is also an
"We will ban the SS if anything is
found suspect. Such organizations which commit anti-social acts
should be punished," he said.
In a formal statement, Goa Pradesh
Congress Committee (GPCC) spokesperson Ramakant Khalap said, that
the police should get to the bottom of the case and not spare
anyone, "howsoever powerful".
"We have also asked the police to
probe if the chief minister was the intended target of the Margao
blast by Sanatan Sanstha members," Khalap, a former union minister
of state for law, told reporters.
Margao, a major town in South Goa, is
also the home constituency of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.
A Sanatan Sanstha activist was killed
when the explosives he and another member were ferrying on a
two-wheeler exploded Friday evening on a street in Margao, 35 km
from here. Three other IEDs, two of which were found unexploded near
the blast site and the other about 30 km away near Vasco, did not go