'I'm giving them a clean chit': Chief of BJP ally MGP says Sanatan Sanstha not behind killing of rationalists

Panaji: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), an ally of the BJP in Goa, has come out in support of the Sanatan Sanstha, claiming it was not involved in the killings of rationalists and activists. MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar claimed there are some people who want to project the right-wing outfit as a "wrongdoer", even as he condemned such killings.

File photo a hoarding on the Sanatan Sanstha. Reuters

File photo a hoarding on the Sanatan Sanstha. Reuters

The police suspect the involvement of activists linked to the Sanatan Sanstha in the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM 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.

"As the Sanstha is doing good work, there are some people who want to project them as wrongdoers. This tirade against the Sanstha will continue," Dhavalikar, who is a minister in the BJP-led Goa government, said on Saturday, adding that the Sanatan Sanstha teaches spirituality, which is very important in today's world. "I am giving them a clean chit. They are not involved in the killing of any rationalist, writer or thinker, which they have been accused of."

Such killings should not happen, but just because one member of a family could be involved in some wrongdoing, "you can't label the entire family as evil", he said. "You should visit the Sanatan Sanstha, see its work, and then only make comments on it. It is doing good work, which is essential for our country," said the leader of Goa's oldest regional party.

Dhavalikar said he would comment on the allegations against the outfit only when the accused persons, who have been arrested in connection with the killings of various rationalists, are tried by court and the verdict is out.

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Updated Date: Sep 23, 2018 17:38:47 IST

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