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Updated: October 18, 2009 16:33 IST

ATS searches Sanatan Sanstha office over Margao blast

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Police personnel help a person injured after a blast in Margao on Friday.
Police personnel help a person injured after a blast in Margao on Friday.

Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sleuths on Sunday conducted searches at an office here run by Sanatan Sanstha, an organisation allegedly linked with the Margao blast in which two of its members were killed.

The ATS personnel, who arrived here on Sunday, conducted searches along with State police at the office of the Sansthan, linked to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur, in Nesai near Margao town.

The ATS personnel will help the police ascertain whether there are links between the Margao blast and explosions that occurred in Maharashtra in 2008, police said.

Officials of the Sanstha, who were detained and interrogated on Saturday, were again called on Sunday for questioning.

Five people, including the ashram’s manager Virendra Marathe and Prithviraj Hazare, editor of Sanstha’s mouthpiece Sanatan Prabhat, were detained on Saturday.

“They were interrogated for more than 10 hours on Saturday at Margao police station,” a senior police official stated.

Raids were also conducted in Sanstha’s ashram at Ramnathi village, near temple town of Ponda on Saturday. Goa police had defused three bombs at the site after the blast on Diwali eve.

Police had confirmed that an IED was used in the blast.

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