Margao blast indicates intelligence failure: Ravi Naik

Updated - November 17, 2021 06:44 am IST

Published - November 03, 2009 02:00 pm IST - Panaji

Goa Home minister Ravi Naik has admitted to intelligence failure in the Margao blast in which two members of a right wing Hindu group were killed in Goa on October 16.

“State intelligence agencies had no knowledge of the blast in the commercial town, which clearly indicates the failure,” Naik told a local media channel during a television show, last night.

“Sanatan Saunstha was under police scanner after Thane and Panvel blasts in Maharashtra but despite this they had no inkling of what is being conspired by its members,” he said.

Two Saunstha seekers -- Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik died in the blast and were named as accused in the case while two more were arrested later for planting a bomb at Sancoale, 20 kms away from the blast site.

The minister said that state was contemplating ban on the right wing group, if they are found involved in the blast, which occurred after an explosive device kept in a scooter want off on a busy street in Margao, 30 kms from here on Diwali eve.

“We are studying their literature and have watch on their activities,” he said.

The minister said that he has asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the blast sans any political interference.

“I will take action against anyone trying to politically influence the police,” Naik said.

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