Maharashtra Urges Centre to Ban Sanatan Sanstha, Goa Waits and Watches
While the Maharashtra government is aggressively pursuing the banning of the Hindu right-wing organization Sanatan Sanstha who have been accused in the Malegaon blasts and two members have even been convicted with the Centre; the government of Goa has decided to play a wait-and-watch game, even though the organization’s head-quarters is in Goa and eight members of this controversial group has also been accused of orchestrating the Margao blasts.
Known for its right-wing philosophy and questionable methods of initiations to the organization, Sanatan Sanstha came into the forefront and public knowledge on account of its involvement in Malegaon bomb blast in Maharashtra. In Goa too it showed up in the nefarious activity radar on account of its alleged involvement in the Margao blast, though at this point of time the case of the Margao blast is still under trail in court. However, some ministers are their family members of the Goa Legislative Assembly have been accused of in the past being an integral part of this controversial organization. Many feel on account of this, the Goa government is not to keen to pursue the banning of this organization.
When asked if government was proposing a ban on the organization, Goa Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava said that it would “wait and see”. He further added that state government was waiting for the Margao trial to get over, before taking any decision.
However, members of the Sanatan Sanstha will challenge any ban petition put on their organization. Sanatan spokesman Abhay Vartak condemned the proposed ban on the Sanstha and said the move would be “unfair and injust”.
Criticizing the Maharashtra government’s vindictive approach to this nationalist Hindu organization, Vartak, expressed we have not provided legal aid or funds to those accused in the Malegaon bomb blast. Whatever they did has nothing to do with the activities of the organization. The ATS charge-sheet and court verdict in the Thane blast case does not mention Sanatan Sanstha. He urged the government not to take any step with political motives. This would be unfair. The organization would take legal steps if it was banned.