Human Rights

Three dry runs before the Goa blast

Panaji: The Goa police told a local court here that activists of the Hindu extremist outfit Sanathan Sanstha had actually carried out three dry runs of bomb blast two months before the real explosion planned for Diwali celebrations in Goa for 16 October. While being carried on a scooter, the bomb accidentally exploded, killing three activists of the Sanstha and injuring one whom the police have taken into custody.

While revealing the details Goa police in their application to a local Court opposing the bail plea of Dilip Mangaonkar, the fourth man in their custody, whom the Police described as a conspirator was alleged to have been present while trial runs were conducted.

Available reports said that on 25 and 26 August according to police, two trials were held on a Hillock in Talaulim in Ponda Taluka in South Goa where Mangaonkar was present. A senior police officer said: “There were eight people during the trial run including Malgounda Patil and Yougesh who died in the Margao blast.” He further said “Engineering student Dhananjay Ashtekar and VinayTalekar, who planted the bomb in a truck in Sancaole, were also present there.”

Investigators said that the third trial was conducted a month later in Malgounda’s home district of Sangli I Western Maharashtra. “The trial was conducted in a forest area in Sangli district near the Maharashtra-Karnataka border and Ashtekar was present here as well.” said an officer.

Two members of Hindu out fit Sanatan Sanstha, Malgounda Patail and Yogesh Naik were killed when a bomb they were alleged to be carrying to plant in Margao went off prematurely, while two unexploded bombs were found from near the site of the blast in Margao.

Majid Jahangir

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2010 on page no. 11

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