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2009 Goa blast: court acquits Sanatan Sanstha members

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court at Mapusa in north Goa on Tuesday acquitted all six members of Sanatan Sanstha (SS), a Hindu rightwing organisation, accused of carrying out an IED blast on the eve of Diwali festival at Margao in south Goa on October 16, 2009. Two ‘pracharaks’ (activists) of SS had died in the blast.

In his order, Special Judge P.V. Savaikar on Tuesday acquitted Vinayak Talekar, Vinayak Ashtekar, Dilip Mazgaokar, Dhananjay Ashtekar, Prashant Juvekar and Vinay Patil, who were arrested by the Goa Crime Branch and later by the NIA in the course of investigation.

Two other accused — Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik — who ferried the IED to Margao, died when the device accidentally exploded leading to a low intensity blast.

While Yogesh Naik was a local person, all the other accused hail from Maharashtra.

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