The Sanatan Sanstha has alleged that a group of locals was constantly targeting its ashram at Ramnathi in North Goa following the Margao bomb blast incident.

“For the last few days some anti—social elements are purposely indulging in acts designed to harass the seekers in Sanatan Ashram. So far these people have beaten Sanatan seekers on two occasions,” Virendra Marathe, Managing trustee, Sanatan Sanstha, told reporters here.

He said that Sanstha, in their complaint to the police, have documented all incidents involving stone pelting and lewd gestures by some locals.

“Police are helpless as these are non—cognisable complaints and hence we have filed criminal complaint in judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Ponda,” Mr. Marathe said.

Mr. Marathe has filed a complaint against three persons demanding action and punishment to the accused under section 427, 440 (damaging property), 323 (causing physical injury) and 34 (colluding and plotting) of Indian penal code (IPC).

Sanatan alleged a volley of attacks on the ashram after a local group demanded ouster of group from the village.

Mr. Marathe conceded that instigating statements were made against Ashram during a recent public meeting on the backdrop of Margao blast investigation, which had four of its seekers arrested for the offence.

“Due to tensed situation, we demanded police protection to Ashram, which was denied to us. They say that they don’t have enough personnel to provide for the security,” he said.

Sanatan’s Ashram which took shape in this village in 2004 came into focus after Margao blast.

One of the accused, Malgonda Patil, was residing in the Ashram days before they unsuccessfully tried to trigger the explosion.

Goa Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) had several times raided the Ashram, which houses 200—odd inmates.