Human Rights

Ban on Sanatan Sanstha initiated

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s home minister R.R. Patil said while talking to media persons in Mumbai that a letter from union home ministry has been received asking for reports on two activists of Sanatan Sanstha i.e. Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari and Vikram Vinay Bhave who were jailed in connection with Thana Theatre bomb blast and also two other persons Mangesh Dinkar Nikam and Hari Bhav Devkar who also were accused in this blast case but subsequently acquitted. In addition to these persons, the said ministry has also asked for complete information about the present activities of organisations like Sanathan Sanstha, Hindu Jagruti Samiti, Hindu Rakshak Samiti, Durga Vahini etc. Patil said that earlier also the (Maharashtra) state government had submitted a detailed report about Sanatan Sanstha to the centre but in this letter detailed information particularly about the Thana Theatre bomb blast and also those who were punished in this case has been asked.

In reply to a question if the state government will impose a ban on Sanatan Prabhat Sanstha, he said that the central government, and not the state government, has the power to impose the ban but he hinted that the centre has started the proceeding of imposing the ban on Sanatan Sanstha. It may be noted that not only in Thana but in the past also proof of the complicity of Hindu extremist organisations in bomb blasts in Maharashtra’s Nanded, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Amravati and other districts have been found. Moreover, there have been many protests and demands by the public to impose a ban of these organisations.
 
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2011 on page no. 11

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