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No links with accused held in arms haul case: Sanatan Sanstha

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Thursday said none of the 12 accused arrested in the arms haul case was its member as claimed by the (ATS) in its charge-sheet filed in a special court here.

A of the Goa-based right-wing outfit refuted all the charges made against the organisation in the ATS document filed Wednesday in the special presided over by

national said the outfit had full faith in the Indian judicial system and it will fight the accusations tooth and nail.

In its charge-sheet, the ATS had said all the 12 accused were members of organisations such as the Sanathan Sanstha, (its affiliate) 'Hindu Janajagruti Samiti' and similar other smaller outfits, and motivated to establish a 'Hindu Rashtra'.

"They had drawn their motivation of making efforts towards establishment of so-called Hindu Rashtra as explained in the Marathi book 'Kshatra Dharma Sadhana', published by Sanathan Sanstha," the ATS had told the court.

However, Rajhans countered the charges.

"ATS has alleged that members of Sanatan Sanstha, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and other similar organisations have been arrested (in the arms haul case).

"We have already clarified that nobody out of the arrested accused is a seeker of Sanatan Sanstha," Rajhans said in a statement.

He said the press note issued by the ATS about the charge-sheet filed in the case was "extremely ridiculous and defective and deserves to be protested".

"If the press note is so defective, one can very well imagine how the actual charge-sheet must be full of mistakes," the Sanstha said.

"Vaibhav Raut, Sudhanva Gondhalekar, and (all accused in the case) have their own independent organisations and they had intermittently participated in the programmes or agitations about unity of Hindus held by Sanstha," he said.

He claimed the Sanatan Sanstha's holy text 'Kshatra Dharma Sadhana' does not mention the word 'Hindu Rashtra'.

"Therefore, to say that they were inspired with the objective of 'Hindu Rashtra' by reading the book is totally false," Rajhans said.

The said they have only seen the ATS press note and not its charge-sheet.

"However, we have not received the actual charge-sheet. We will give a detailed response only after going through the charge-sheet," he said.

The case relates to seizure of arms and ammunition in August this year during raids conducted by the ATS at Nallasopara, Pune and some other parts of the state.

The seized haul included 23 live country-made bombs, 15 pistols, 10 pistol barrels, six pistol magazines, three partially made pistol magazines and half a dozen pistol slides, the anti-terror agency had said.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 22:40 IST