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Sanatan accuses ATS officer of 'pressurising' office-bearers


Press Trust of India Panaji
Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha Thursday alleged that an ATS officer was trying to "pressurise" its office-bearers for providing information in connection with ongoing investigation into various cases.
A senior functionary of the right wing organisation Thursday filed a complaint against the officer with the Goa ATS chief Karthik Kashyap.
Sanstha spokesman Chetan Rajhans claimed that the officer spoke in a "threatening manner" over phone with Virendra Marathe, the managing trustee of Sanstha, recently.
Kashyap didn't respond to phone calls for comments.
The organisation, with its headquarters at Ramnathi in south Goa, is currently under scanner of the ATS which suspects involvement of activists allegedly linked to the Sanstha in the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.
"An officer of the Goa Anti-Terrorism Squad is trying to pressurise the office-bearers of the Sanatan Sanstha for providing information," Marathe claimed in his complaint.
He said the behaviour of the officer concerned could be aimed at pressurising the Sanstha.
"Sanatan Sanstha is afraid whether some wrong information about it is being conveyed to the headquarters of ATS in Panaji. Therefore the cognisance of the entire incident need to be taken," Marathe stated.
He said the ATS had asked for the details of the persons visiting the Sanstha's ashram at Ramnathi and the organisation has been cooperating with the police.
"Despite this, the officer spoke with Marathe in a threatening way," stated the complaint, copies of which were distributed to reporters by Rajhans.

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First Published: Sep 27 2018 | 11:05 PM IST

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