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Sanatan Sanstha members Googled bomb circuit diagrams

Investigations have unearthed that members of Sanathan Sanstha, the right-wing organization accussed of having conducted the October 2009 Goa bombings, used Google while planning the entire operation and that an engineering student was also involved with the outfit.

india Updated: May 26, 2010 17:20 IST

Members of the Hindu right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha (SS), accused of carrying out the 2009 Diwali eve blast in Goa, 'Googled' circuit diagrams from the Internet and later used them to build improvised explosive devices (IED), officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said.

“In furtherance of the said conspiracy, accused Dhananjay Ashtekar downloaded circuit diagrams using the internet (Google search),” NIA officials mentioned in their chargesheet that was submitted to a local court last week.

The chargesheet accuses 11 people (all members of the SS) of carrying out the Oct 16 (2009) blast, in which two SS members were killed when the detonator-rigged gelatin sticks, which they were ferrying by scooter to Margao (located 35 km from Panaji), accidentally exploded.

Ashtekar, who was studying in an engineering college in Maharashtra, was in charge of the technical aspects of the bomb-blast conspiracy and assembled the IEDs, one of which accidentally exploded, NIA officials added.

First Published: May 26, 2010 17:08 IST