A special team of the Pune Crime Branch probing the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar has taken a sadhak of ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ into custody from the organisation’s Goa headquarters.
31-year-old Sandeep Shinde was picked up from Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha’s headquarters at Ramnathi in Ponda on Wednesday at around 5 pm.
The Sanatan Sanstha is a non-profit organization in India based on the study of spirituality as a science. They have been associated with violence in the past. In 2008, six members of Sanatan Sanstha were arrested for planting bombs outside of an auditorium in Thane, Vashi. Two were found guilty and went to jail. [source]
They had previously denied involvement but they seemed pleased by Dabholkar’s fate.
Right wing Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha Wednesday appeared to gloat over the killing of social reformer and anti-superstitions crusader Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.
In a front-page statement in its daily mouthpiece “Sanatan Prabhat”, Sanatan Sanstha leader Jayant Athavale said births and deaths are pre-destined and everybody gets the fruit of their karma.
However, a spokesman for the Hindu right-wing organisation denied that it had anything to do with Dabholkar’s killing. “We are also equally shocked by his killing. We have nothing to do with it,” Sanatan Sanstha member Abhay Vartak said.
This association with the murder resulted in new calls to ban the Sanatan Sanstha organization.