Published On : Thu, Dec 6th, 2018

Sanathan Sanstha named in chargesheet in Maharashtra Arms Haul case

‘The accused in the Maharashtra arms haul case were members of right-wing outfits like the Sanathan Sanstha and motivated to establish a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, police said in its chargesheet filed in a special court in Mumbai Wednesday.

The state police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, which probed the case, submitted its chargesheet against 12 accused in the special NIA court presided over by Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Padalkar.

The case relates to the seizure of arms and ammunition from different parts of the state in August this year.

“The accused were members of organisations such as the (Goa-headquartered) Sanathan Sanstha, (its affiliate) ‘Hindu Janjagruti’ and similar other smaller outfits,” the ATS said.

“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,” it said.

The accused had hatched a conspiracy to undermine security and sovereignty of the country, the investigating agency said.

“The accused had also conspired to form a terrorist gang of youths with similar mindset to work towards undermining unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of the country,” it said.