Sanatan's Shinde from Ramnathi Ashram held in Dabholkar murder

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 August 2013 20:56 IST

A special team of Pune police probing into the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar has taken one Sadhak of Santan Saunstha into custody from its Goa headquarters.

Virendra Marathe, trustee of Sanatan Saunstha, confirmed that police have taken 31-year old Sandeep Shinde to Pune for investigation.

Highly reliable sources in the police disclosed to goanews.com that the pick-up of Shinde could lead to vital evidence in Dr Dabholkar's murder.

The Pune team of Crime Detection Branch of Faraskhana police station, led by ASI Geet Bagwade, barged into Santan headquarters at Ramnathi in Ponda today at around 5 pm and took Shinde into its custody.

The team included six other members, who were assisted by Ponda police into the operation.

In 2009, Shinde was questioned in Margao blast of Goa, in which Sadhak of Sanatan were involved.

“He has been picked up on suspicion and not arrested,” said Sanjeev Kumar Singhal, Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order).

While police suspect him to have been involved in the murder of Dr Dabholkar, Marathe claimed that Shinde was very much in Goa when the incident took place in Pune on 20 August.

“He was going home only for festival, but was in our Ramnathi Ashram for last four to five years”, he said.

According to Marathe, the police are acting under political pressure to target Sanatan Saunstha because it was opposed to Dr Dabholkar at ideological level.

“We have always opposed Dabholkar ideologically, but not beyond it. Our involvement in Dr Dabholkar killing is nothing but an attempt to defame us”, claimed Marathe, while talking to goanews.com. 

This is the second time police team is visiting Sanatan Ashram at Ramnathi.

The police team had raided the Ashram in 2009 when two sadhak – Malgonda Patil and Yogesh Naik – had died in a bomb blast.

Probe had revealed that they were planning  bomb blasts in Margao and Sancoale (near Vasco) at Narakasur processions on the night of 16 October, with a plan to create terror on the eve of Diwali night. 

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