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The investigation employed many novel techniques in its bid to crack the case because the shadow organisation they tried to trace had made considerable changes to its approach to the murders.(HT image)

Gauri Lankesh’s second death anniversary : Investigation complete, trail set to begin

Bengaluru | By Vikram Gopal
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 09:23 PM IST
A senior police official said there were many things that the SIT achieved in its investigation that have marked a change, including the fact that it was able to file a charge sheet in the Kalburgi murder case.
Public prosecutor Sunil Gonsalves said the group to which the accused belonged was also involved in the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, Gauri Lankesh and MM Kalburgi.
Public prosecutor Sunil Gonsalves said the group to which the accused belonged was also involved in the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, Gauri Lankesh and MM Kalburgi.

‘Book accused in Nallasopara arms haul case under UAPA’: Public prosecutor Sunil Gonsalves

Mumbai | By Charul Shah
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2019 03:57 AM IST
Twelve people have been charge-sheeted by the Anti-Terrorism Squad for plotting a terror attack and possessing arms in huge quantity.
Narendra Dabholkar(PTI file photo)
Narendra Dabholkar(PTI file photo)

Narendra Dabholkar murder case: CBI says Sharad Kalaskar confessed to crime

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 11:57 PM IST
CBI told a Pune court on Tuesday that one of the key accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, Sharad Kalaskar, had confessed to killing the rationalist during a forensic psychological analysis.
CBI’s plea to extend the custody of Sanatan Sanstha members was rejected by a local court on Tuesday.(AFP File Photo)
CBI’s plea to extend the custody of Sanatan Sanstha members was rejected by a local court on Tuesday.(AFP File Photo)

Dabholkar case: CBI custody plea rejected

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 02:56 PM IST
The conclusion of the case was drawn based on forensic psychological assessment and forensic statement analysis performed on Punalekar.
A lawyer and a right-wing activist arrested for allegedly helping in destruction of evidence in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case were sent to CBI custody till June 1 on Sunday.(HT Photo)
A lawyer and a right-wing activist arrested for allegedly helping in destruction of evidence in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case were sent to CBI custody till June 1 on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Dabholkar murder case: Two sent to CBI custody

Pune | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:09 PM IST
They were produced before a Pune-based court of Additional Sessions Judge SN Sonawane, who remanded them to the agency's custody till June 1 after hearing the arguments of the prosecution and the defence.
The Central Bureau of Investigation jointly serves as a national security agency and intelligence agency. (AFP Photo)(AFP file photo)
The Central Bureau of Investigation jointly serves as a national security agency and intelligence agency. (AFP Photo)(AFP file photo)

Narendra Dabholkar murder case: CBI arrests Sanatan Sanstha’s lawyer, aide

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 10:34 PM IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Sanjeev Punalekar, advocate and legal advisor of right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha, and his associate Vikram Bhave in connection with the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.
Congress’ Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg candidate Navinchandra Bandivadekar has courted controversy after photos of him participating in a rally organised to support an arrested Sanatan Sanstha activist appeared on social media.(HT FIle Photo)
Congress’ Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg candidate Navinchandra Bandivadekar has courted controversy after photos of him participating in a rally organised to support an arrested Sanatan Sanstha activist appeared on social media.(HT FIle Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Controversy over Congress candidate’s Sanatan Sanstha link

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 11:52 AM IST
Sanatan Sanstha, a right-wing organisation whose alleged workers are accused of the murders of rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar, has put up photographs of the event and a statement by Congress candidate Navinchandra Bandiwadekar on its website.
Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013, when he was out for a morning walk, by bike-borne assailants.(HT/PHOTO)
Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013, when he was out for a morning walk, by bike-borne assailants.(HT/PHOTO)

CBI files supplementary chargesheet in Dabholkar murder case before Pune court

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2019 04:27 PM IST
The investigating agency filed a supplementary chargesheet against Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, the alleged shooters in the Dabholkar murder case
Asim Sarode - lawyer and activist(HT/PHOTO)
Asim Sarode - lawyer and activist(HT/PHOTO)

Security stepped up for human rights lawyer Asim Sarode

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 04:24 PM IST
Sarode has been accorded ‘X’ category security with two police officials, one of them is armed
Gauri Lankesh, 55, known for her strong anti-Hindutva views was shot dead in Bengaluru on September 5 last year.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Gauri Lankesh, 55, known for her strong anti-Hindutva views was shot dead in Bengaluru on September 5 last year.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

In Gauri Lankesh murder case, right-wing book in focus

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Vikram Gopal
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2018 07:26 AM IST
The book sets out the leanings of Sanatan Sanstha.
In its chargesheet, SIT said the planning to kill Gauri Lankesh took place for almost five years.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
In its chargesheet, SIT said the planning to kill Gauri Lankesh took place for almost five years.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

SIT names Sanatan Sanstha in Gauri Lankesh murder, says planning took 5 years

Bengaluru | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2018 03:18 PM IST
The charge sheet stated that a network within Sanatan Sanstha targeted Lankesh for no personal reasons. It also said the planning to kill Lankesh took place for almost five years.
A candlelight vigil organised after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
A candlelight vigil organised after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

Maharashtra ATS names Murali as mastermind behind terror plots since 2008

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Presley Thomas
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2018 02:52 PM IST
The report names MD Murali as the brain behind several bomb blasts and the murders of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.
Hundreds of women take part in the protest organised by the Sanatan Sanstha Thane and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti in Thane on August 28.(Praful Gangurde/HT File Photo)
Hundreds of women take part in the protest organised by the Sanatan Sanstha Thane and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti in Thane on August 28.(Praful Gangurde/HT File Photo)

Arms recovery from Sanatan Sanstha: Inside ashram lies a mesh of secrecy and rules

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya M S
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 10:55 AM IST
Functioning, rules and membership of the Sanatan Sanstha are shrouded in mystery, with the outfit keeping its followers away from the public glare, and choosing to respond to queries only through official spokespersons.
Sanatan Sanstha national spokesperson Chetan Rajhans said certain Congress leaders are pushing for a ban on the organisation.(HT File Photo)
Sanatan Sanstha national spokesperson Chetan Rajhans said certain Congress leaders are pushing for a ban on the organisation.(HT File Photo)

Sanatan Sanstha not involved in any murder, we don’t believe in violence, says outfit leader

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya MS
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 10:01 AM IST
The Sanatan Sanstha has been on the radar of investigating agencies after the arrest of several people with alleged ties to the organisation in connection with the 2013 murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.
Sanatan Sanstha’s name has featured in the killings of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Kannada scholars MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, and in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.(HT File Photo)
Sanatan Sanstha’s name has featured in the killings of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Kannada scholars MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, and in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.(HT File Photo)

Sanatan Sanstha: From obscurity to heart of conspiracy

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya MS
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2018 07:32 AM IST
The little known Sanatan Sanstha is popular with young people, mainly in Western Maharashtra and claims it is a spiritual organisation although the investigators assert its alleged members were behind several killings.
Susan Abraham wife of Vernon Gonsalves, civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde whose residence in Goa was raided, condemn the arrest of the human rights activists in Mumbai on Wednesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
Susan Abraham wife of Vernon Gonsalves, civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde whose residence in Goa was raided, condemn the arrest of the human rights activists in Mumbai on Wednesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

‘Activists’ arrests a cynical ploy to divert attention from Sanstha’

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 06:27 AM IST
37 rights groups condemn Pune police’s action, call it political conspiracy to suppress civil liberties.
Abhay Vartak and Adv.Sanjeev Punalekar of Sanatan Sanstha addressing media on false information given by Police that Narcotics have been seized from Sanatan Ashram in Mumbai.(HT File Photo)
Abhay Vartak and Adv.Sanjeev Punalekar of Sanatan Sanstha addressing media on false information given by Police that Narcotics have been seized from Sanatan Ashram in Mumbai.(HT File Photo)

Sanatan Sanstha ban proposal: Maharashtra to send explosives haul case info to Centre

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 06:47 PM IST
The state government had sent a proposal to ban the Sanatan Sanstha to the Centre in 2015. It decided to send the details so that it can be added to the proposal
Hundreds of women take part in the protest organised by the Sanatan Sanstha Thane to voice their support for the Sanatan Sanstha.(Praful Gangurde/ Hindustan Times)
Hundreds of women take part in the protest organised by the Sanatan Sanstha Thane to voice their support for the Sanatan Sanstha.(Praful Gangurde/ Hindustan Times)

Activists’ arrested to divert attention from Sanatan Sanstha: Prakash Ambedkar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 04:49 PM IST
Ambedkar, the president of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, said the state police have found the role of Sanatan Sanstha in more “sinister” things such as the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in August 2013.
Representatives of Sanatan Sanstha addressed a press conference in Mumbai, on Monday, during which they said all those arrested by Maharashtra ATS are not a part of their organisation.(HT File)
Representatives of Sanatan Sanstha addressed a press conference in Mumbai, on Monday, during which they said all those arrested by Maharashtra ATS are not a part of their organisation.(HT File)

A tangled web of political interests

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2018 12:36 AM IST
Police in the neighbouring state have released a list of 22 people, including writer and actor Girish Karnad, who are on the alleged hit list of Sanatan Sanstha
The Goa Sunburn Festival Goa in 2013. Police in Maharashtra say members of a Hindu right wing group planned to attack the Pune edition of the music festival.(HT file photo)
The Goa Sunburn Festival Goa in 2013. Police in Maharashtra say members of a Hindu right wing group planned to attack the Pune edition of the music festival.(HT file photo)

Hindu right wing group Sanatan Sanstha planned blast at Pune Sunburn festival: Cops

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 02:34 PM IST
Maharashtra Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad tells court the accused considered the music festival to be “against Hindu culture”.
“We wish to reiterate that none of these individuals are our seekers,” said Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Chetan Rajhans.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
“We wish to reiterate that none of these individuals are our seekers,” said Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Chetan Rajhans.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

‘Accused not linked to Sanatan Sanstha’

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2018 03:20 AM IST
“We wish to reiterate that none of these individuals are our seekers,” said Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Chetan Rajhans.
The ban can be challenged when one learns that there is no umbrella organisation known as Sanatan Sanstha to which all these allegations can be attributed, said experts.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
The ban can be challenged when one learns that there is no umbrella organisation known as Sanatan Sanstha to which all these allegations can be attributed, said experts.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra can ban Sanatan Sanstha, but its legality can be challenged: Experts

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2018 03:13 AM IST
The group can be banned by the government based on the administrative findings of the investigating agencies, but the legality of the ban can be challenged and its effectiveness will remain a question, said legal experts.
Doctor-turned-activist, Narendra Dabholkar, was killed on August 20, 2013.(AP File Photo)
Doctor-turned-activist, Narendra Dabholkar, was killed on August 20, 2013.(AP File Photo)

CBI names another shooter in Dabholkar murder case

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde, Pune
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2018 11:53 PM IST
Sharad Kalaskar was among the five people the Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) had earlier this month arrested in connection with the seizure of crude bombs and firearms in Nalasopara and other parts of Maharashtra.
Supporters hold a rally on the eve of fifth death anniversary of Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Supporters hold a rally on the eve of fifth death anniversary of Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Fresh arrests signal new direction in Dabholkar probe

HIndustan Times, Mumbai/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents, Mumbai/new Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 11:12 PM IST
The charge sheet named Virendrasinh Tawde, a member of the extremist organisation Sanatan Sanstha, as the mastermind of the crime. Dayal said the new suspected shooters were also in touch with Tawde
Sanatan Sanstha’s name has featured in the killings of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Kannada scholars MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, and in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.(HT File Photo)
Sanatan Sanstha’s name has featured in the killings of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Kannada scholars MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, and in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.(HT File Photo)

Unchecked since 2008, Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha now a well-organised outfit

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 11:55 PM IST
Security experts say the lack of focus among the state and central agencies has led the group to flourish, and diversify in a systematic manner to form sub-organisations that spread terror.
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) personnel raid the house of a Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut at Nalasopara, in Palghar.(PTI/File Photo)
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) personnel raid the house of a Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut at Nalasopara, in Palghar.(PTI/File Photo)

Those calling for ban on us are urban Naxals, says Sanatan Sanstha

Panaji | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2018 11:50 PM IST
Sanatan Sanstha leaders said efforts are being made to term devout Hindus as terrorists.
The Goa-headquartered outfit has been linked to two high profile murder cases and also terror activities in the coastal state and Maharashtra.(Photo courtesy: Facebook)
The Goa-headquartered outfit has been linked to two high profile murder cases and also terror activities in the coastal state and Maharashtra.(Photo courtesy: Facebook)

Govt pushing for ban on Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha, Maharashtra to submit fresh documents

UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2018 11:37 PM IST
The proposal was first floated after crude bombs were set off at various places in Maharashtra in 2008 and 2009.
The ATS claims that they are yet to confront the accused with these notes , which are written in codes, and decode the messages that could uncover their entire conspiracy.(Representative Photo)
The ATS claims that they are yet to confront the accused with these notes , which are written in codes, and decode the messages that could uncover their entire conspiracy.(Representative Photo)

Mumbai ATS gets custody of 3 right wing Hindu organisation sympathisers huge ammunitions

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 05:52 AM IST
Desai contended that the agency has recovered a huge amount of arms and ammunition along with material used for making a bomb and pistols from the accused since their arrest.
(HT PHOTO)
(HT PHOTO)

The machismo of killing frail old men and women

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2018 12:36 AM IST
Must these young men necessarily have to physically eliminate frail old men and women they cannot combat intellectually?
Members of Maharashtra’s anti-terrorism squad raid the house of Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut at Nalasopara in Palghar on Friday.(PTI photo)
Members of Maharashtra’s anti-terrorism squad raid the house of Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut at Nalasopara in Palghar on Friday.(PTI photo)

Maharashtra anti-terror squad arrests 3 for ‘plotting terror’, 20 bombs seized

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 05:28 AM IST
The accused, allegedly belonging to Hindu right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha, were produced in Mumbai’s city civil and sessions court on Friday and remanded to police custody till August 18.
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