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NIA questions Sanatan Sanstha trustee

January 09, 2010 20:55 IST

In their first-ever visit to Sanatan Sanstha after taking over the Margao blast case, National Investigating Agency (NIA) officials on Saturday questioned its managing trustee at its Ramnathi ashram, around 30 kms from Panaji.

Sources said the five-member NIA team visited the ashram, which has been under the scanner after the incident, and inquired about the functioning of the Sanstha.

Managing trustee of the Sanstha Virendra Marathe reportedly informed the team about various activities of the Sanstha.

The officials also questioned about the ashram inmates and activities of Spiritual Science Research Foundation, a like-minded organisation.

Sanatan Sanstha is under scanner after the October 16 Margao blast that killed two people. The initial investigation by Goa police's special investigation team (SIT) revealed that original plan was to trigger blasts at five places, which went awry after pre-mature blast in Margao.

The Goa police had arrested four persons, all affiliated to Sanatan Sanstha, in connection with the blast before handing over the case to NIA, which is a federal agency formed to probe terrorist activities.

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