Goa PWD Min Sudin Dhavalikar and family helped raise funds for terror outfit Sanatan Sanstha, MGP MLA vociferously defends Sanatan Sanstha after India Today sting?

Reacting to INDIA TODAY TV’s big expose which nailed Sanatan Sanstha’s terror activities and their involvement in the Navi Mumbai blast in 2009, the Goa PWD minister was seen and heard defending Sanatan Sanstha, reports India Today.

According to the Karnataka Special Investigating Team (SIT) officials – investigating the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh – who spoke to IndiaScoops.com, the Sanatan Sanstha “ashrams” at Ponda in Goa and Panvel in Maharashtra can be considered equal to the terrorist training camps in Pok.

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Here recruits are first mentally conditioned, brainwashed and sophisticated psychological mind-control and hypnotic techniques are used to indoctrinate and condition the new recruits, claim Karnataka SIT officials.

“The recruits from all over India are also mentally hardened and taught how to attack the cops when presented in court, after being arrested and make false allegations of torture, etc., against the investigating officers to enable the courts to go soft on them, resulting in hampering the probes,” says the head of Maharashtra ATS Atulchandra Kulkarni.

Also Read: Hindutva hardliners associated with Sanatan Sanstha had planned to blow up 6 theaters, Ganapati mandaps in Maharashtra

When Goa PWD minister and Maharashtawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Sudin Dhavalikar spoke to INDIA TODAY TV, he clearly said: “Sanatan (Sanstha) is doing the great work of spreading Hindu culture and religion in Goa. They don’t believe in violence.”

When the INDIA TODAY TV reporter told him about the sting aired on Monday in which two Sanstha sadhaks (spiritual practitioners) accepted their involvement in violent acts, Dhavalikar said that their identity needed to be ascertained. Dhavilkar has been defending the Sanstha from from day one, say officials associated with the probes in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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The India Today sting also revealed that Dhavalikar and his family are associated with Sanatan Sanstha for a long time. On being asked about this, Dhavalikar said: “My family and I are associated with Sanatan. I don’t fund them but do give them advertisements. My family and I support all such organisations that are working to spread Hindu culture and religion.”

Dhavilkar’s wife is an office bearer of the Sanstha and his in-laws are also actively involved in fund raising and other activities of the outfits. One more MGP leader has been funding the Sanstha and at least six BJP leaders in Goa have donated funds to the activities of the Sanatan Sanstha.

Dhavilkar has also indirectly routed official Goa State government advertisements to the Sanatan Sanstha, claim officials familiar with the probe. 

MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar, who is Sudin Dhavalikar’s brother, had last month claimed the Sanatan Sanstha was not involved in the killings of rationalists and activists and that some people want to project the outfit as a “wrong-doer”. He had also vociferously defended the Sanstha before the media.

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Both the Karnataka SIT and the Maharashtra ATS officials are of the view that Dhavilkar and his family have created a security umbrella for the Sanatan Sanstha in Goa, along with a few far-right BJP leaders., thus protecting the Sanstha from any police action.

The Sanstha does not submit a list of persons from other states staying at their ashrams to the ATS, as is mandatory by law. Sanstha officials have had several run-ins and clashes with Goa and Maharashtra ATS officials for non-submission of the lists of inter-state visitors at their Panvel and Ponda ashrams.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha like cancer, a killing agency and breeding ground for murderers, ban it, demands Goa-based Sahitya writer Damodar Mauzo

“Sanstha officials are raising funds from all over the country in the name of Hindu culture and religion and these funds are then used to fund terror activities like the purchase of arms and ammunition and to fund the murders of liberals, as was seen in the Gauri Lankesh case, where funds procured from donations, were first parked in the bank accounts of various sister outfits of the Sanatan Sanstha, including its in-house publication (Read Here) which was headed by now arrested masterminds Amit Dhagvekar and Amol Kale,” revealed a Karnataka SIT official.

Over Rs 1.5 lakh in cash was withdrawn from the Sanatan Sanstha bank accounts to pay the killers of the Gauri Lankesh murder and to fund their travel, training and accommodation expenses. The envelopes bearing the cash were in the possession of the two masterminds Amit Dhagvekar who was the editor and promoter of the publication Sanatan Prabhat.

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When Amit Degwekar, 38, a resident of the extreme radical Hindutva group Sanatan Sanstha’s ashram in Ponda, Goa, was arrested in May this year for the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police had found in his possession several envelopes with varying amounts of cash. The money came to over Rs 1.5 lakh, as reported by the Indian Express.

The cash found in the envelopes had been withdrawn from a Sanatan Sanstha bank account and were meant to be given to field workers associated with a secret covert activities unit of the ultra-right wing Hindutva group, allegedly involved in assassinations and subversion in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

A bank pass book of the Sanstha account from where the money was drawn was found in Degwekar’s possession, states an Indian Express report. The promoter and editor of ‘Sanatan Prabhat’, a publication of the Sanstha, Amit Dhagwekar – now one of the main culprits in the Gauri Lankesh murder, was in regular touch with MLA Sudin Dhavilkar of the MGP and other top Goa BJP leaders who supported his fund raising activities.

Also Read: Arrested for possession of explosives, Vaibhav Raut was an active member of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and a vociferous Gau-Rakshak

Dhavalikar refused to disassociate himself from the Sanatan Sanstha in light of the facts revealed in the investigation and demanded that the expose should be proven in a court of law, reports India Today.

The Goa Congress has taken cognizance of INDIA TODAY TV’s agenda-setting expose of Sanatan Sanstha. It has decided to write to the state governor seeking an immediate ban on the Sanatan Sanstha which is headquartered in South Goa’s Ponda district.

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Speaking exclusively to INDIA TODAY TV, Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar said: “We congratulate INDIA TODAY TV on this big expose. We will be writing to the governor to seek an immediate ban on Sanatan Sanstha which is trying to spread hatred in society. I would also like to tell the Dhavalikar brothers that the time to introspect on their association with such outfits which are involved in terror-like activities has come.”

The Sanstha is being investigated in connection with the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and rationalists M.M. Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Also Read: Ex-Sanatan Sanstha seeker alleges “members hypnotized, made into killing machines and human bombs ready for mass murder or genocide”

All the accused persons are either sympathisers of the Sanatan Sanstha, or have regularly attended their programs or worked and lived at the Sanatan Sanstha ashrams at Ponda and Panvel.

In 2009, two of the sanstha’s alleged sadhaks were killed when a bomb they were trying to plant at Goa’s Margao exploded prematurely.

The attack, aimed at Goa’s pre-Diwali Narakasur festival, was planned to stir communal tensions, prosecutors said. Senior police and anti-terrorism squad (ATS) officers, who probed the Sanatan Sanstha for its alleged role in the Margao blast, told INDIA TODAY TV reporters that their investigation was hampered by ‘political pressure’.

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“There is political pressure. Had there been no political pressure, it would have been banned long back,” said CL Patil, the then station house officer (SHO) in Ponda, where the Sanstha is headquartered.

Around a dozen suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the murder of Gauri Lankesh in September last year. Amit Degvekar is one of them. INDIA TODAY TV accessed copies of his voter ID and bank receipts, which show the Sanatan headquarters in Ponda, Goa as his residential address.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha’s bank account was used to channel funds for Gauri Lankesh murder, pay off killers

CBI investigators suspect that several sadhaks involved in planning the Margao blast in 2009 — now absconding — are involved in the murders of Lankesh in 2017, Pansare and Kalburgi in 2015 and of Dabholkar in 2013.

Nearly 20 persons associated with other sister organisations of the Sanatan Sanstha like the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti,  or related outfits like the Shiv Pratishthan founded by Sambhaji Bhide have been arrested for terror activities.

with inputs from India Today, Indian Express, PTI & agencies

Impenetrable Veil of Secrecy Surrounds Health of Goa Ministers as 6-7 Ministers are Seriously Unwell?

Devika Sequeira | The Wire | 16th July 2018 Panaji: Goa’s PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar underwent a surgery at a Mumbai hospital on July 9, joining an unprecedented number of MLAs in the state – six, including chief minister Manohar Parrikar – who’ve been hit by major health issues writes  Devika Sequeira in The Wire.

The PWD minister was recovering well, a government statement said, requesting all “not to speculate about his health”, a demand that provoked even more questions in the state where a veil of secrecy surrounds the health of half a dozen legislators, a majority of them from the ruling BJP.

Also Read: Madkaikar’s condition serious, may be confined lifelong to a wheelchair 

Dhavalikar, who handles the weighty transport portfolio as well, is the fourth cabinet minister from Goa to have been hospitalized in recent weeks. Another BJP minister, Pandurang Madkaikar, is still being treated at the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai after he suffered a brain stroke (Read Here) in early June. But the government has said little about his condition or his ability to get back to work anytime in the future.

Chief minister Parrikar, who returned to Goa in mid-June after three months at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York where he was being treated for cancer of the pancreas – something not officially confirmed or spoken of even now – currently juggles 26 portfolios (with some more hefty ones lately acquired from his ailing cabinet colleagues), raising questions about his capacity to cope.

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The Goa chief minister’s absence of 100 days, his decision to appoint the constitutionally questionable three-member cabinet advisory committee rather than an acting chief minister, and governor Mridula Sinha’s tacit silence in the matter – despite protests from the opposition Congress – left the Goa administration rudderless and adrift for a good part of the year.

Speaking at a BJP mahila morcha meet here a few days ago, Parrikar said willpower, medical treatment and people’s prayers had helped him get back on his feet. “The tremendous goodwill of the people of the state and the impact of prayers has helped me recover and come back in public life,” he said. He also told a group of local editors he might consider a cabinet reshuffle – given the number of ailing ministers – after the state assembly session that ends early August. The BJP leader is scheduled to return to the US for follow-up treatment soon after.

Also Read: Is BJP MLA and GTDC Chairman Nilesh Cabral undergoing treatment at an Ayurvedic Centre in Kerala?

The Goa chief minister may have enjoyed the goodwill and sympathy of the public and the media here which has consistently referred to the cancer as a “pancreatic ailment”, but within his cabinet, subtle moves had been launched to replace him if the need arose, with the occasional story of a likely successor being floated in the local press to test his acceptability quotient.

At a press conference a fortnight before Parrikar’s return, Dhavalikar (of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which is part of the coalition government) threw a curveball at the media saying he was “mentally prepared to take responsibility of chief ministership if the people so desired”.

The MGP MLA’s cosy relationship with Union minister Nitin Gadkari and the bonhomie they share over the nearly Rs 20,000 crore highways, bridges and other major infrastructure projects currently unleashed in Goa is well known, and the local media had a field day speculating over the possible merger of the MGP with the BJP to elevate Dhavalikar to the top post. The BJP’s dependence on Parrikar and his overbearing leadership have left the party bereft of a second line of command in Goa.

Though a much frailer Parrikar helms the affairs of the state, a threat to his position has been blown away for now ironically by the poor health of two possible contenders: Dhavalikar and urban development minister Francis D’Souza, who also spent several weeks abroad for a kidney transplant surgery.

Far more upfront about his health than other politicians are prepared to be, D’Souza sees life in a position of power as “a rat’s race” to defend one’s turf – something the voting public would see as a small price to pay for a life of enormous wealth and privilege. Politicians tend to be secretive about the nature of their illness “because if a minister falls sick, there are four waiting to take his place”, he says.

D’Souza claims he spent his own money on treatment abroad. But another minister who wished not to be identified said he believed legislators are entitled to unlimited medical expenses, even abroad. “Why are you asking such insensitive questions?” he wanted to know.

When the state is picking up the tab, doesn’t the public have a right to know if a minister is fit enough to handle the job?

Activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues believes it has. An RTI he filed asking for the government to make known the spending on the chief minister’s treatment has so far gone unanswered.

Source/Credits: The Wire

IndiaScoops.com adds: BJP MLA and GTDC Chairman Nilesh Cabral is the sixth or seventh Goan Minister who is undergoing treatment (Read Here) and has been making several trips to Kerala in the last two months. Nothing is known about his medical situation and Cabral has not said anything. Social media has been abuzz with reports that Cabral could have a serious back problem or a slipped disc problem, but IndiaScoops.com could not confirm this and the social media posts are only speculation by concerned Goans.

Two more Goan ministers are unwell, but there is no official comment and we are unable to confirm it or mention their names in this report, as neither the Goa government or the Ministers themselves are willing to talk about their health issues.