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Goa Cong writes to PM seeking ban on Sanatan Sanstha as “terror” group

Sanatan Sanstha

Panaji:  Goa Congress today shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a ban on the Goa-based right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha, which is under the scanner for the murder of CPI leader Govind Pansare, by declaring it as a terror organisation.

In the letter, which is also addressed to the Union Home Minister and the Goa Chief Minister, Congress General Secretary Sunil Kawthankar said that if the government did not ban the activities of Sanstha, it would prove that it is shielding and nurturing a terror organisation.

“It is high time the governments– the Centre and the state— declare Sanatan Sanstha a terror organisation by denouncing all their activities and imposing a complete ban on all its operations across the country,” the letter reads.

State Congress’ letter came on a day when Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar ruled out banning Sanstha.

Congress also demanded that Sanstha’s Ashram at Ramnathi be shut down and their assets frozen.

“The assassination of Pansare and rationalist leader Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Margao bomb blast in 2009 and 2008 bomb blast in Thane, has involvement of members associated with Sanatan Sanstha and various investigating agencies have exposed this very fact,” Kawthankar said.

Sanatan activist Samir Gaikwad was arrested on September 16 from Sangli in Maharashtra in connection with Pansare’s murder, following which Congress and the NCP had demanded an immediate ban on the hardline outfit.

82-year-old Pansare and his wife, Uma were shot at by two youths on February 16, 2015, near their home in Kolhapur. Pansare died four days later at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai while his wife survived the attack, suffering injuries that crippled her.

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