Hindu right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha, whose name has cropped up in connection with the assassination of renowned rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, said in Mumbai on Friday that police investigation into the case is not heading in the “right” direction.

Hitting out at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders for allegedly hiding the accused, Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Abhay Vartak said Maharashtra police have failed to nab the real culprits.

“The way NCP leaders like Vidya Chavan and Jitendra Awhad talk, it seems as if they are hiding the accused,” he told a press conference.

Mr. Vartak alleged around 50 Sanatan Sanstha activists were interrogated by the police.

Speaking on the detention of Sanatan Sanstha activist Sandip Shinde in Goa from the organisation’s ashram, he said the police took him away for interrogation without any summons.

“As many as 20 policemen came for his interrogation. It seemed as if they came to arrest him,” he said, alleging atrocities against the Sanstha.

“We are sincere citizens of the country and would like to co-operate in the probe but we should not be made to face humiliation,” Mr. Vartak said, adding, the police sought even passwords of ‘sadhaks’ (activists).

Another Sanstha leader Sanjeev Unhalekar demanded that the Dabholkar murder case be handed over to CBI or the Mumbai police should be given complete freedom to investigate.

He said the organisation would file defamation charges and serve notices to a Marathi TV news channel, Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti’s founder Shyam Manav and NCP leader Jitendra Awhad for allegedly defaming the Sanstha’s name.