Goa Contemplates Ban, Sanstha Denies Role in Margao Blast

The Goa state government on Monday said it is examining possibilities of a ban on Sanatan Sanstha, which has been blamed for involvement in a blast in Margao on Friday – the eve of Diwali.

The Sanstha, however, has denied the allegations and said it is being framed due to its tough stand over the “desecration of temples and idols in the state.”

One person was killed and another grievously wounded in the explosion that rocked the coastal state on Friday, the second person – Yogesh Naik- had earlier been reported as dead.

“We are examining whether the outfit can be banned. There is no formal decision on the issue,” Advocate General Subodh Kantak was quoted as saying.

He, however, added that the law department is examining whether the Sanstha can be banned centrally, or a state-specific ban can be imposed.

Speaking earlier, Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik said the decision on the ban would be taken after investigations into the matter confirmed the outfit’s involvement in the blast.

“We will take the decision only after the investigation is over,” Naik said.
The Sanstha has denied involvement in the blast and claimed it is being falsely implicated.

“Home Minister Ravi Naik is trying to frame our organisation because it had taken a firm stand on the state government’s failure in preventing desecration of temples and idols in the state,” Sanstha spokesman Abhay Vartak was quoted as saying at Panvel near Mumbai.

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