Maharashtra opposition leaders demand action on Sanatan Sanstha for threatening India Today journalists

Former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar and Leader of Opposition in the state council Dhananjay Munde have demanded action against Sanatan Sanstha for threatening India Today journalists.

Both Pawar and Munde took to Twitter demanding action against Sanatan Sanstha for threatening journalists.

India Today in its is exposé titled #SanatanTerrorSanstha revealed facts regarding the role of those accused in the 2008 bomb blasts in Maharashtra but were later acquitted in 2011 by the lower court due to lack of evidence.

Mangesh Dinkar Nikam and Haribhau Krishna Divekar who were arrested for their roles in the the bomb blast case but were acquitted along with two others. Only Ramesh Gadkari and Vikram Bhave were convicted in the case.

However, in the India Today exposé, Nikam and Divekar confessed on camera about providing and planting explosives in the 2008 bomb blasts in Maharashtra.

But after India Today TV aired the tapes, the Sanstha on its website had displayed pictures of India Today journalists labelling them as ‘terrorists’.

Attacking the government for inaction, Ajit Pawar said, “Journalists are being threatened openly, what’s going on in the state? During our regime we had sent a proposal to ban the Sanatan Sanstha , what is the government now waiting for? When will you ban the Sanatan Sanstha?” he demanded.

Leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde too has demanded a ban on the Sanstha citing threats to India Today Special Investigation Team (SIT).

“Journalists exposing the deeds of Sanatan Sanstha are being threatened. People of Maharashtra will deal with the BJP government in the elections, but what about the security of journalists?” Munde questioned.

Source: India Today

Sanatan Sanstha Working For Hindu Religion, Says Goa MGP Minister Sudin Dhavilkar

PANAJI: Goa minister and Maharashtawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Sudin Dhavalikar on Tuesday defended the Sanatan Sanstha, saying it is working in the interest of Hindu culture and religion and is not against the country.

The remarks came a day after a news channel, which conducted a sting operation, claimed the Goa-based right-wing outfit enjoyed political patronage due to which it escaped a ban after its alleged role in the 2009 Margao bomb blast.

Also Read: Goa PWD Min Sudin Dhavalikar and family helped raise funds for terror outfit Sanatan Sanstha?

Two suspected Sanatan Sanstha workers had died when a bomb they were ferrying to Margao in Goa accidentally exploded in November 2009.

Police also suspect involvement of activists linked to the Sanatan Sanstha in the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.

However, the outfit, which has its headquarters at Ramnathi village in North Goa district, has denied any involvement in these cases.

When asked about the Sanatan Sanstha’s role in criminal activities, Mr Dhavalikar told reporters in Panaji that investigations were on in various cases and “court will decide whether they (activists of the outfit) were really guilty”.

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“Sanatan is doing work for Hindu religion and culture. I don’t think that they are doing any work against the country,” said the leader of the MGP, an ally of the BJP-led state government.

The public works department minister admitted that his family has been associated with the Sanatan Sanstha.

“My family and I are associated with Sanatan to spread Hindu religion. Sanatan doesn’t believe in violence. It is working to spread the Hindu religion and culture and we support all organisations which do similar work,” he said.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha like cancer, a killing agency and breeding ground for murderers, ban it, demands Goa-based Sahitya writer Damodar Mauzo

Asked whether he financially supported the organisation, Mr Dhavalikar said “I only give advertisements to it (the outfit’s magazine).”

Notably, MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar, who is Sudin Dhavalikar’s brother, had last month claimed the Sanatan Sanstha was not involved in the killings of rationalists and activists and that some people want to project the outfit as a “wrong-doer”.

Source: PTI

Gauri Lankesh murder: Sensational disclosure by accused, says cops offered Rs 25 lakh to confess to murder

In a sensational disclosure, a suspect accused in Gauri Lankesh murder case has alleged that the Karnataka police offered him Rs 25 lakh to confess and admit that he had killed the activist-journalist last year. Another suspect claimed that the police forced him to accept the charges by threatening his family.

Parashuram Waghmare, one of the alleged shooters, while being taken to court, told NDTV that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) offered him Rs 25 lakh to accept the crime. Another suspect Manohar Edave denied his involvement in the case and said that the police threatened to incriminate his family and friends unless he confessed to the murder.

Waghmare and Edave are among 12 people arrested in connection with the murder of journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh.

Lankesh, a fierce critic of the right-wing politics, was murdered outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017. In June 2018, the SIT said that Parashuram Waghmore confessed to the murder and alleged that he was told to kill someone to save his religion, and mentioned that he did not know who the victim was.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad took custody of two accused this month arrested for Lankesh murder in order to interrogate them in connection with the alleged plot to conduct disruptive activities in Maharashtra.

Last month, Maharashtra police Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested three members of a suspected right-wing Hindutva outfit and seized a huge cache of weapons and explosives. Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, one of the arrested men reportedly confessed to his role in the murder of Lankesh as well as rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and MM Kalburgi.

It has been alleged that the arrested men have ties with radical Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha which was founded by ‘hypnotherapist’ Jayant Balaji Athavale in 1999.

Source: Times Now

Sanatan Sanstha sends defamation notice to NCP’s Nawab Malik

Mumbai: The right-wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha has sent a legal notice to NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik over a news report, alleging defamation.

Malik’s statements in a report published by a Marathi newspaper on August 11, carrying the headline “Sanatan Sanstha (involved) in terror activities – Nawab”, caused “irreparable loss” to the Sanstha and lowered its reputation, it said.

 While the notice, dated September 17, sought damages of Rs 10 crore from Malik and the newspaper, the NCP leader said he would fight the organisation in the court.

The Sanstha’s spokesperson confirmed that it has sent the notice.

The Sanatan Sanstha was recently in news when it was found that Vaibhav Raut, one of the persons arrested by the Maharashtra police for an alleged conspiracy to carry out blasts in the state, had purportedly mentioned on his Facebook page that he was the Sanstha’s member.

While the Sanstha denied any connection with Raut, Opposition NCP and Congress demanded a ban on it for alleged links to terror activities. Malik tweeted Friday that he would give a reply to the notice and expose the Sanstha. He was “grateful” to the Sanstha for giving him an opportunity to prove his allegations in the court, he said.

The organisation had come under the scanner earlier when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Dr Virendra Tawde of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, the Sanstha’s offshoot, in the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar murder case.

Source: PTI

Far-right Terror Group Involved in Killings of Lankesh, Dabholkar and Kulbargi Tried to Procure AK-47s and Hand Grenades: Karnataka SIT

A Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) official told in an exclusive interview on condition of anonymity, that the arrested persons in the Gauri Lankesh murder case were not content using only country-made weapons. They wanted to prepare for an all-out war, or a confrontation by para-military forces.

The main conspirators had plans to set up a ‘commando team’ of about 20 highly-trained persons using imported weapons, in case their bomb and weapons manufacturing ‘factories’ were raided and surrounded by security forces.

However, before this could materialize, the Maharashtra ATS acting on a tip-off from the Karnataka SIT raided and seized a huge cache of country-made weapons which were being fabricated in different parts of Maharashtra, including Nalla Sopara near Mumbai, Pune and Satara.

Among the weapons seized by the ATS were about 20 pistols and finished parts for another 30 weapons, about 22 assembled bombs and explosives, detonators and timers enough to manufacture another 40 bombs.

The conspirators including the arrested Amol Kale had tried to inquire about the availability of military-grade grenades, hand-grenades and even AK-47 and AK-56 rifles and ammunition for the same from sources in Afghanistan.  They wanted to purchase 8 to 10  AK-47 rifles and about 100 hand grenades for emergency use in case of a confrontation with armed rival groups or if they were confronted and cornered by para-military forces.

While the same were available, transporting them to India from the Pak-Afghanistan border was the main hurdle. They had agreed on the price for the cache of weapons and even arranged for the funding. The money was to be sent in advance through hawala channels and the arms and ammunition would be dumped at a secluded and difficult spot on the Maharashtra coastline during the dead of the night, after moving through Pakistan, the official told

The arrested duo and two others were to pick up the consignment from the coast and hide the weapons in a village nearby about 15 kms from the Maharashtra coast,  only to transport them to safe houses, one at a time, to ensure that the entire cache was not lost or captured, in case the transporters were caught by the cops.

The conspirators had considered transporting the cache of imported weapons by road thru Pakistan and then through the sea. The two main far-right conspirators or masterminds were in touch with certain terror elements in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but there was a lack of trust between them.

Kale and his bosses did not trust the Afghanistani agent who had agreed to sell and transport the weapons. Since the amount was huge and the risk was too great,  the plan was aborted, the SIT official revealed to

After the seizure of explosives from Nallasopara last month, the Maharashtra Police has arrested at least ten people and said it will investigate their role in all detected and undetected cases, including the killings of Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi and Lankesh.

According to a report in The Wire, during the interrogation, one of the arrested persons, Sharad Kalaskar, admitted to his involvement in Dabholkar’s killing, police had said.

On this information, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating Dabholkar’s killing, arrested Sachin Andure from Aurangabad.

According to The Wire, Kalaskar and Andure allegedly shot dead Dabholkar with two pistols in Pune, the official said.

The CBI had earlier arrested Virendrasing Tawade, the alleged ‘mastermind’ of the killing.

“During our investigation, it came to light that Tawade played a major role in the planning and execution of the three assassinations (Dabholkar, Lankesh and Kalburgi),” the official claimed.

While investigating Lankesh’s killing, the Karnataka Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested Pune-based engineer Amol Kale, who had names and mobile numbers of the other group members in his diary, including Vaibhav Raut, Sudhanva Gondhalekar, Sharad Kalaskar and others, the official said.

Kalaskar had traveled to Karnataka to do a recce of Lankesh’s residence, he said.

As part of further probe, the Maharashtra ATS on Wednesday obtained the custody of Bharat Kurne and Sujeet Kumar, who were originally arrested by the Karnataka SIT in Lankesh’s killing case, in connection with the seizure of explosives from different parts of the state, reports The Wire.

Journalist Nikhil Wagle was No 2 on the hit list of Maha Terror Suspects

According to reliable sources in the Maharashtra Police ATS investigating the terror plots, wherein several people from Mumbai, Pune and Satara have been arrested including a former Shiv Sena corporator from Jalna Shrikant Pangarkar and a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were seized, the accused had made a list of 10-12 persons from Maharashtra who were according to them ‘anti-Hindu’ and had to be killed or eliminated.

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Senior journalist Nikhil Wagle, former editor of Aapla Mahanagar, IBN-Lokmat and Maharashtra 1, was No 2 on the hit list of the terror suspects.

According to a Hindustan Times article that reported the court proceedings before the special court the ATS also claimed that the five accused were involved in throwing petrol bombs outside cinema halls in Kalyan (a city in Thane district, 50 km north-east of Mumbai), and Belagavi (earlier known as Belgaum) in Karnataka for screening the Hindi movie ‘Padmaavat’.

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ATS further claimed that the accused planned to attack individuals who they thought were propagating or engaging in activity that was “against the Hindu religion”, the Hindustan Times reported.

The names of the individuals were not divulged in court as media persons were present, the ATS lawyer told the court.

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Atulchandra Kulkarni, Maharashtra ATS chief, said he could not “confirm the names because it will pose a security threat to the individuals” Hindustan Times (HT) reported.

The individuals include an author-historian; a former Marathi newspaper editor and three Marathi authors and play-rights, ATS officials told HT on condition of anonymity.

Hindustan Times in its report did not name them because of the perceived security threat to the individuals.

Also Read: Hindutva hardliners Raut, Gondhalekar and Kalaskar planned to blow up 6 theaters, Ganapati mandaps in Maharashtra

The former Marathi newspaper editor is none other than the outspoken Nikhil Wagle.

The ATS officials also said they had recovered three motorcycles, including one from Nalla Sopara and two from Pune, and claimed one of three bikes, allegedly owned by Kalaskar, may have been used in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru in September 2017.

Also Read: 150 pistols, 100 bombs, 3000 bullets were on the shopping list of arrested hardliners

In their raids, ATS officials claimed to have recovered 10 pistols, one air pistol, one country-made revolver, 10 pistol barrels, six pistol bodies, six magazines, three handmade magazines, one half-prepared country-made revolver, and seven hand-made pistols from Gondhalekar.

Also Read: Ex-Sanatan Sanstha seeker alleges “members hypnotized, made into killing machines and human bombs ready for mass murder or genocide”

Sunil Gonsalves, the public prosecutor appearing for ATS, told the court that the weapons used by the accused had been dismantled and were thrown away at different places to avoid detection, and that they needed to be recovered. He didn’t elaborate.

with inputs from Hindustan Times

BJP-led Maha Govt Protected and Shielded Right-Wing Murder-Accused for Four Years, Gauri Lankesh Probe by Karnataka SIT Forced Mah Govt to make Arrests

By Rajesh Singh | 25 August, 2018:  The Maharashtra Congress today alleged that the Devendra Fadnavis BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra had protected and shielded the killers of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and others for the last four years, in spite of having complete knowledge of the criminal activities of the hardliners who are indirectly part of the government.

Also Read: Hindutva hardliners had planned to blow up 6 theaters, Ganapati mandaps in Maharashtra

It was only after the Karnataka police Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested about 13 persons who spat out the names of their associates in Maharashtra, and the press began reporting on the Maharashtra link to the killers, that the government developed cold feet.

It was just a matter of time, before the names of the accused hiding in Maharashtra would be revealed publicly in the media.

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The text of the remand and bail applications, as well as the confessional statements of the accused began appearing in the media, which forced the government to act and ordered the Maha ATS to make arrests immediately.

The Karnataka SIT had proof in terms of money trails and bank statements of several payments or transfers made by RTGS and IMPS from people in Maharashtra who had financially supported Gauri Lankesh’s killers in Karnataka.

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The government was worried that the role of  others in Maharashtra like Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Shrikant Pangarkar would be exposed during court proceedings in the Gauri Lankesh case and the role of the Maha government in shielding the accused and not making arrests, in spite of having information from the Karnataka police would come out in the open.

The credibility and very existence of the Maharashtra government was at stake, said a Congress leader from Mumbai. The Devendra Fadnavis government then consulted Delhi, including the PMO and the Home Ministry, which gave them the go-ahead to arrest all the accused in Maharashtra whose names had cropped up in the Gauri Lankesh investigation.

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This would serve a dual purpose. While the field operators like Raut and Kalaskar would be arrested, the masterminds and their political masters or bosses could still be protected. The arrest of the small fry would save the big bosses from arrest.

A top Karnataka police official told,  the SIT had information that the weapon used to kill Gauri Lankesh was given to Gondhalekar who personally collected the weapon after the murder and took it for safe-keeping in Maharashtra. Forensic reports had matched the weapons, proving that only two weapons were used in all the murders.

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The Karnataka SIT knew that country-made pistols were being manufactured in Maharashtra and a huge cache of arms and explosives was being readied for subversive activities during the coming festivals.

Sources told, that the Karnataka SIT had asked for permission from the Maharashtra DGP and the Maharashtra govt home department to raid Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and arrest them to recover the weapons used in the Gauri Lankesh murder.

The Karnataka SIT was all set to enter Maharashtra and arrest Kalaskar and Gondhalekar. The Maharashtra government had to do something and it did act in the nick of time to save it’s own skin.

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The SIT was sure the weapon was with Gondhalekar or one of his associates hidden somewhere in Maharashtra.

In the light of all this, if the Karnataka SIT had to effect the arrests of Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, it would have been a big slap on the face of the Maha government and its role in protecting the killers would be completely exposed. 

The Bombay High Court was also breathing down the neck of the CBI and the Maharashtra CID. It had openly praised the Karnataka SIT, while chastising the Maharashtra police and instructed the agencies to take inputs from their colleagues across the border.

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The accused in the custody of the Karnataka SIT were singing like canaries and they had revealed the names of all the co-conspirators from Maharashtra. A diary found in the possession of the main accused Amol Kale listed the names of the accused as well as those on the hit-list of the killers.

Karnataka SIT sources told, they were about to move court for search and arrest warrants against the accused hiding in Maharashtra. Had a Karnataka court to grant the SIT the search and arrest warrants, the Maharashtra government would have to run for cover.

Further, the Devendra Fadnavis government was also worried if   Vaibhav RautSharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, Sachin Andhure and Shrikant Pangarkar were to land up first in the SIT custody, more skeletons would tumble out of the closets as the SIT was going hammer and tongs with the investigation.

More big names – including those of some top politicians in other States would be revealed – this was the other major problem for the Maha CM. The only way to prevent this was to first arrest them and lock them up with the Maharashtra ATS where they could be debriefed, conditioned and tutored before the Karnataka SIT got hold of them.

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By doing so, Devendra Fadnavis would be seen as a strict disciplinarian, unwilling to tolerate terror activity of any hue or color.

“The government was aware of what was happening,” said a senior Congress leader, adding that a former Shiv Sena corporator from Jalna, Shrikant Pangarkar has been arrested by the ATS and the CBI for the murder of Dr Dabholkar and according to media reports several senior Shiv Sena leaders were aware of Pangarkar’s activities as well as his plans to carry out several bomb blasts in Maharashtra.

The Congress leader claimed that Pangarkar had bragged of his ‘explosions’ and ‘bomb blasts’ activity to each and every Sena leader he met over the last 2-3 months. Why didn’t the government act against him earlier, he asked?

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According to a July 2018 report in Mid-day, the Congress alleged that the BJP-led Maharashtra government was shying away from taking serious action against the Sanatan Sanstha because “supporters” of the right wing outfit are part of the ruling dispensation.

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Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil also said that the style of functioning of the Sanstha can be equated with international terrorist organisation, the Al Qaida.

Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan demanded a ban on Sanatan Sanstha and alleged that the State government is safeguarding the mastermind in the murder case.

Ex-Sanatan Sanstha seeker alleges “members hypnotized, made into killing machines and human bombs ready for mass murder or genocide”

A former member of the Sanatan Sanstha at Ponda in Goa, who has broken off all ties with the organisation after he claims he was allegedly “hypnotized, brain-washed and forced to donate all his wealth to the organisation for the establishment of Hindu Rashtra” spoke to on condition of anonymity claiming that the organisation is using advanced hypnosis, mind conditioning and mind control techniques, similar to those used by cult outfits in the Western world as well as by certain rogue military setups to brain wash selected members who are shortlisted for ‘hit jobs’ so that the selected members do not develop cold feet later on.

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The former member Sanjay Rane (name changed on request) alleged that certain senior members in the organisation have mastered the art of complete mind control of human beings.

Speaking to on phone from the interiors of Udipi where he is living under an assumed identity, Rane says he fears for his life, after two attempts were made by his former ‘friends’ to kill him.

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After his wife – a Goan Catholic from Margao, left him taking his two kids along, which he claims, shocked him out of his trance, that he alleges was imposed by a ‘master’ at the Sanatan ashram at Ponda, he is bidding his time to come out into the open and speak against the far-right ‘terrorist’ outfit. 

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He claims there were two attempts on his life while he was in Goa. Once a speeding truck tried to run him down and kill him and on another occasion about a month later, a car drove right into him at Ribandar. This is when he left Goa and went into hiding, he says.

He claims he was saved in the nick of time by divine intervention and now wants to expose the Sanatan Sanstha

Also Read: Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

The Sanatan is training a team of 80-100 people for a sort of genocide. “They have a list of nearly 300 people pan-India who are deadly against them and want a ban on the Sanatan. They are all on the hit-list and a mercenary team is being brainwashed into eliminating the ‘enemy’, Rane revealed to

He claims the recently arrested persons including Vaibhav Raut, Sudhanva Gondhalekar, Sharad Kalaskar and former Shiv Sena corporator Shrikant Pangarkar and 5-7 others are part of this hit-team owing allegiance to the Sanatan Sanstha. Pangarkar had promised to raise Rs 25 lakh for buying weapons and explosives, Rane alleges.

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“They use drugs to instigate youth -different types of drugs which make people either hyperactive or angry and short-tempered. They have drugs which make people loose all feelings or emotion and become like zombies or even loose sensation. For example, if pricked with a pin or thrashed with a lathi, a drugged member would feel no pain at all. They use drugs to force members to subject themselves to their control,” Rane told

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First a member is given a lot of literature to read. He is shown films and video clips for 7-10 days continuously, which alters his perception leading him on the path of thinking that the Sanstha wants. He becomes more receptive to Sanatan ideology and starts hating the enemy with a fury.

Then there are meditation sessions and more chanting and repetition of mantras for a month and finally hypnosis for those selected for ‘big jobs’. If a member is found to be difficult and not malleable, he is fed drugs first in food and milk to ‘daze’ him, Rane said, explaining the mental conditioning technique used by the Sanstha. Such conditioning can last for six months to even two years.

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All members are offered ‘ayurvedic’ medicines which are passed off as natural health tonics.

In reality, these ‘health tonics’ have ingredients that are addictive and habit forming. The potency of the ‘tonic’ is altered as the member progresses in the ‘brain-washing’ phase.

Members selected for big jobs are instructed to take certain ‘potions’ or ‘medicines’, which are passed off as a chyawanprash to counter illness and infection and also chant certain mantras side by side. The combination results in the member loosing all sense of the outside world and single mindedly moving towards his assignment, which could be the murder of some ‘enemy’, Rane told

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“They hypnotize their subjects and brain wash them. The effects of the hypnosis can last for several years,” Rane alleged, adding that he was similarly brainwashed into handing over his entire wealth to the organisation, resulting in his divorce.

According to a Pune Mirror report dated Sep 9, 2016, the special investigating team (SIT) probing the Govind Pansare murder case had told the magistrate’s court in Kolhapur that during a raid at Sanatan Sanstha ashram, the police recovered some drugs, which have hypnotic effects once consumed.

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Rane alleges that the Sanatan uses several different types of drugs as well as in-house specially prepared ayurvedic drugs mixed with allopathic products to subdue ‘strong-willed members’ who may not immediately subject themselves to the ‘orders’ of the ‘hypnotist master’.

Steroids and other allopathic drugs like sleeping pills are mixed with honey and served in milk preparations, Rane alleged, claiming that this induces a sleep-like trance in the members.

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Rane’s allegations are supported by the earlier statements of rationalist Shyam Manav.

Hypnotism is the chief weapon of Sanatan Sanstha and if its activities are not checked in time, India will become Afghanistan, rationalist Shyam Manav had told news agency PTI two years ago.

Manav, whom the Sanatan had at that time, accused of having a hand in the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, rubbished the allegations, saying, “What would I have gained by killing him.”

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Manav also said Dr Jayant Athavale the founder of the Sanatan had carried out an experiment in hypnotism on him in 1989.

“These people (sadhaks of Sanatan) are trained in such a manner that they won’t share any information with you. Sanatan hypnotizes young people and makes them tread the evil path,” he said.

According to a Mid-day report, Manav says he was shocked when Arun Chaphekar, a magician, told him that Athavale would mesmerize people with chamatkars (divine tricks).

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“Chaphekar told me that Dr Athavale could vibrate a clock placed on a table. Incidentally, such clocks were available at a high price at shops that deal with magic equipment.”

Speaking of Athavale’s brand of hypnotism and speculations that he had used them to control sadhaks, Manav says, “People who are subjected to amnesia do not remember what they have done. This may be the reason that the police find it difficult to seek confessions from the suspects affiliated with the Sanstha. The sadhaks, when confronted, talk only of their dream of creating a divine world (or Hindu Rashtra).”

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Sanatan Sanstha had demanded Manav’s arrest over for his allegation that the right wing organisation was using hypnosis to create human bombs. Manav had alleged that Sanatan would brainwash people against rationalists and train and program them to kill the rationalists.

According to a 2016 report in The Pune Mirror, the special investigating team (SIT) probing the Govind Pansare murder case told the magistrate’s court in Kolhapur, that they have recovered drugs at the Panvel-based Sanatan Sanstha’s ashram, where the accused, Dr Virendra Tawde, would visit often.

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SIT believes that these drugs could have been used to hypnotize people given their neurological effects.

According to a report on the Sanatan Sanstha website: Few seekers staying in the Sanatan Ashram at Panvel are prescribed H and H 1 medicines to alleviate their mental distress. Even though this is a fact, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) claimed before the court that a ‘large stock of such medicines’ has been recovered.

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Certain sections from Paratpar Guru Dr Jayant Athavale’s book, Clinical Hypnosis, were quoted out of context claiming that ‘when these medicines are administered, the patient becomes ready to do anything’ and that ‘these medicines are used to hypnotize people’.

According to another report on, after the arrest of Sanatan Sanstha member Sameer Gaikwad allegedly for the murder of Communist leader Govind Pansare, five families accused the Sanatan Sanstha of brainwashing women members of their families and keeping them in its ashram forcefully.

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The Sanstha rebutted the charge and claimed the young women are willingly staying with the organisation.

Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (Committee for Eradication of Blind Faith) Chairperson Avinash Patil who took over the organisation after Dr Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated, allegedly by members of right-wing Hindu groups, affiliated to the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, told Rediff that hypnotism is a state of our mind.

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“A majority of people who are dependent on others and not strong willled need some kind of mental support. Whenever they face a crisis in life they cannot find solutions and they cannot do without the support of someone. People who have a dependent mentality can be hypnotized very easily and their minds can also be conditioned and controlled,” Patil said.

They are told to recite or write mantras on blank paper one lakh (100,000) times. When such people go to gurus and babas they get relief, they feel satisfied.

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This kind of satisfaction can be achieved by doing different things too, like a morning walk or yoga or aerobics or dance. More than hypnotizing I would say they do mental conditioning of the mind. This technique is used by the Sanatan Sanstha as their founder Dr Jayant Balaji Athavale is a psychiatrist, Patil had told

The Sanatan Sanstha identifies people who are confused in life and do not have any clear idea of what to do, and targets them with their philosophy and mind control and conditioning techniques, to make them their slaves for life.

with inputs from Mid-day,, etc

Vaibhav Raut And Gang’s Main Targets Were Mumbai and Pune During Ganpati Festival

Vaibhav Raut, 40, who was named by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) following investigations and arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly plotting terror attacks at numerous places, had stored the crude bombs under his bed at his Nalasopara home.

The three persons arrested by the Maharashtra ATS – Vaibhav Raut (40), Sharad Kalaskar (25), both from Nalla Sopara near Palghar and Sudhanav Gondhalekar (39) from Pune for possession of a huge cache of arms and explosives, had allegedly planned to blow up or create blasts at six theaters and at least 4-5 Ganapati mandaps in different parts of Maharashtra including Mumbai, Pune, Sangli and Solapur during the upcoming Eid and Ganapati festivals in Maharashtra and pin the blame on Muslim anti social elements, police sources have claimed.

This is what the ATS remand report, filed while seeking police custody of Raut and his accomplices – Sharad Kalaskar, 25, held from Nalasopara, and Sudhanva Gondhalkar, alias Pandeji, 39, held from Pune – states.

As per the remand report, an informant gave the agency a tip-off on August 7 along with certain phone numbers, after which the three suspects were located.

Incidentally, one of the numbers the agency got was registered in someone else’s name in Vile Parle. Inquiry, however, revealed that the person had shifted to Nalasopara.

When the person was found, he told investigators that he had given the SIM to Raut, who had given it to Pandeji.

This helped the ATS to zero in on the three. Officers suspect that someone else’s SIM was being used to throw the police off track.

Line of investigation
The report has also revealed that though the suspects recceed many places, their main aim was to create disturbance in Mumbai and Pune.

Interrogation of the three led to the recovery of the bombs and other material, including two handwritten letters from Kalaskar in which the bomb-making technique was described in detail.

The agency is investigating whether Kalaskar was the sole in-charge of bomb-making, or the other two had a hand in it too. The ATS has also seized two one-litre bottles of poison.

A senior officer said samples have been sent to the Kalina forensic lab for testing, and they are trying to find out what the accused needed poison for.

Arms haul
ATS has recovered 20 crude bombs, several country-made pistol with magazines, country guns, airguns, pistol barrels, partially-made pistols, trigger mechanism, number plates of vehicles, a chopper, hard disks, pen drives etc.

The questioning of the trio led to the arrest of former Shiv Sena corporator Shrikant Pangarkar, 40, from Jalna.

He was the financier, who funded the bomb-making, and also the facilitator said ATS officers.

with inputs from Mid-day

Unchecked since 2008, Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha now a well-organised outfit

Sanatan Sanstha – the right-wing Hindu group which proclaims itself to be an organisation with a mission to protect the country and religion – had its members arrested for planting a bomb at a theatre in Panvel in 2008 when ‘Jodha Akbar’ was being screened. That same year, another bomb was planted at a theatre in Thane against the play ‘Amhi Satpute’.

In 2009, its members were accused of carrying a bomb on a scooter which went off prematurely at Madgaon in Goa. Since then, the outfit’s name has featured in the killings of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Kannada scholars MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, and in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Security experts say the lack of focus among the state and central agencies has led the group to flourish, and diversify in a systematic manner to form sub-organisations that spread terror.

Police sources said the group trained at least 50 sharpshooters and planned to assassinate at least 36 prominent members, including IPS officers.

“It is a systemic failure on part of the central agencies that they did not keep a check on the activities of what was nothing more than a gathering of few people in 2008. The organisation has managed to gain substantial followers which could prove to be a threat in the days to come,” said a senior IPS officer who has been tracking right-wing extremism in the country.

A proposal was sent to the Maharashtra government to ban the outfit. “The DG’s office had sent a proposal to the then government to ban the outfit when its association with terror activities surfaced in 2008 and 2009. But it never materialised,” said a retired officer, requesting anonymity.

Home ministry sources privy to the proposal said that the then dispensation of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party was not in favour of banning it. “It wanted to start dialogue to keep such organisations under control,” said a senior government official, requesting anonymity.

The government’s unwillingness could also have stemmed from the fact that it was legally untenable to ban the outfit. “The outfit has divided itself into units which are spread across the state and do not have a specific ideology,” said an officer.

The units are registered separately to ensure that in case of any criminal investigation launched against the group, the key leaders or instigators can safely distance themselves from the perpetrators of crime, added the officer.

Source: Hindustan Times