150 pistols, 100 bombs, 3000 bullets were on the shopping list of arrested Sanatan Sanstha, HJS activists Raut and Gondhalekar 

The arrested hardliners Vaibhav Raut and Sudhanwa Gondhalekar were looking to procure about 150 pistols, 100 bombs and over 3000 bullets of different caliber for use in the coming 6-8 months, police sources revealed today.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha has 22 different outfits, registered in different States under different names

Vaibhav Raut a violent gau rakshak was the co-founder of a cow protection group, Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti set up in 2014.

The group is allegedly associated with Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, Shiv Prathisthan and the Sanatan Sanstha, all of which are radical far-right Hindutva organizations.

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

Local Congress politicians and meat traders in Palghar from where Raut was arrested have termed him an extortionist who would extort money from meat transporters and fund his illegal arms manufacturing activity.

Investigations have revealed that while Raut put up a facade of being a devout Hindu and a cow protector among his local Bhandari community, he was involved in gun-running, smuggling of explosives and arms from parts of North India and money laundering using hawala.

He was part of an inter-state network of radical Hindutva agents whose aim was to create chaos and riots in the country.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha wants to set up a Saffron Army of 2000 trained killers and shooters for terrorist activity

The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) found a mini arms-making unit or factory and is now probing their links in Uttar Pradesh and Assam, official sources said on Monday.

The arrested persons were in the process of procuring machines and lathes to make country-made pistols and also fabricate bullets. They had obtained training from illegal arms manufacturing units in UP and Bihar, ATS sources revelaed. Imported arms were procured from Assam.

Also Read: Vaibhav Raut, other Gau Rakshaks were involved in extortion in the guise of cow protection: Extortion money was used to fund purchase of arms

On Friday, last week, the ATS created a sensation by claiming to have unearthed a terror plot targeting Mumbai, Pune, Satara and Solapur ahead of Independence Day celebrations and the upcoming Bakri Eid festival.

In the ATS swoop, three right-wing activists were arrested – Vaibhav Raut, 40, Sharad Kalaskar, 25, both from Nala Sopara in Palghar, and Sudhanav Gondhalekar, 39, from Pune.

Also Read: 35-40 bombs could be manufactured with explosives seized from Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut residence and office

Over a dozen other associates or suspects have been interrogated to ascertain their connections in other parts of the state or outside and certain email exchanges between the accused with references to Uttar Pradesh and Assam shall be probed.

Continuing the raids and probe over the weekend in Palghar, around 60 km north of Mumbai, the ATS has found a mini arms production unit and seized at least five country-made pistols, three incomplete pistols, 11 cartridges of 9 mm pistols and 30 cartridges of 7.65 mm pistols, springs, triggers and other material, reports news agency IANS.

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

However, another media report claims over 11 pistols and 5 unfinished pistols were seized. At least a dozen fake motorcycle and four wheeler number plates were seized from the accused.

In the Pune raids, the ATS seized a laptop, six hard disks, five pendrives, nine mobiles and many SIM cards, a WiFI dongle, scores of documents and papers, besides a car and a motorcycle.

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

During the raids in Palghar on Friday, the ATS seized 20 crude bombs and material and explosives that could be used to make at least two-to-four dozen or 50 more bombs.

The seizures included 22 non-electronic detonators, 1,500 gm of explosive powder, wire bundles, resistors, transistors, 10 batteries of six volts each and a connector, multi-meters, switches and circuits, connectors, gelatin sticks, two bottles marked as ‘poison’, diagrams and literature, all of which have been sent for forensic analysis.

Also Read: Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

While Raut is described as a prominent ‘gau-rakshak’ and linked with Hindu Janjagran Samiti, Gondhalekar is connected with the Shri Shivpratisthan, spearheaded by the controversial 85-year-old Sambhaji Bhide alias Bhide Guruji, which has patronage of the PM Narendra Modi. Modi has openly admired Bhide and called him his guru or mentor.

with inputs from IANS and Indian Express

Huge cache of arms including pistols, unfinished pistols, choppers, knives, detonators, fake number plates seized from Sanatan Sanstha accused

Mumbai: A day after a terror ring was busted and three persons arrested, the Pune unit of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has laid its hands on a huge cache of arms at the residence of one of the arrested accused on Saturday.

The seizures, which officials say hints towards something sinister, include country-made pistols, firearms, an air gun, automobile number plates, choppers and knives.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha members Raut, Gondhalekar, etc., linked to PM Modi, Amit Shah, VHP and RSS

The Maharashtra ATS has also detained and questioned 15 more persons from multiple locations in the state.

The suspects have been picked up from Pune, Pandharpur, Satara and Solapur, among other cities.

Also Read: 35 bombs could be manufactured with explosives seized from Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut residence and office

The names came to the fore during the questioning of the arrested trio. The suspects are being questioned to ascertain if they were part of a conspiracy to target several cities with the cache of crude bombs and the weapons that have been seized.

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

Following the arrest of the main accused Vaibhav Raut (40), a gau rakshak (cow protector) in the early hours of Friday with a cache of explosives and his accomplice Sharad Kalaskar (25), the ATS learnt of one Sudhanwa Gondhalekar (39), from Pune and apprehended him.

He is suspected to be associated with Sambhaji Bhide’s right-wing organisation Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan.

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

Searches conducted at the residence of Gondhalekar have led the ATS to 10 country-made pistols, crude firearms, an air gun, 10 pistol barrels, six incomplete pistol bodies, six magazines, three incomplete magazines, seven pistol slides, 16 relay switches, six automobile number plates, a trigger mechanism, a chopper and steel knife each from Gondhalekar’s residence.

Also Read: Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

“The house also had some electronic items, a handbook on explosives, printouts of explosive and mobile phones, circuit drawings of relay switches, some pen drives, hard disks and memory cards, all of which have been seized. We will have to send the storage devices for forensic analysis to ascertain their contents,” said an ATS officer.

They have been sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory at Kalina for analysis. The ATS will be adding fresh sections as per provisions of the Arms Act in the case.

Palghar Estate Agent Vaibhav Raut from whom 8 bombs, detonators and explosives were seized was with the Sanatan Sanstha for last 6 years

Even though the Sanatan Sanstha may deny it, the ATS team that arrested Vaibhav Raut and seized explosives and bombs from his residence and office at Palghar, have confirmed that Raut was an active member of the Sanatan Sanstha for the last six years.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha member’s Palghar home raided, 8 live bombs, detonators, other explosives recovered

This fact is proved that the Sanstha immediately deputed its advocate to liaison with the Maharashtra police in the arrest case. The Sanstha has extended complete support and help to the arrested accused Raut.

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

The Maharashtra ATS team along with forensic experts and a dog squad searched the ground floor house belonging to Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut, located at Bandarali village in Sopara, Nalasopara ( west) late on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Also Read: Probe into Gauri Lankesh’s murder reveals links to extremist Hindutva group Sanatan Sanstha

Search operations continued till early Friday. Raut has been arrested. He is likely to be produced in the Bhoiwada court in Mumbai.

Around eight crude bombs and raw materials were seized. Raut (40), a real estate agent has been reportedly with the Sanstha since six years.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder accused confesses to being indoctrinated at Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha other Hindu outfits involved

The search operation was carried out in the flat and the real estate office. The country made crude bombs were found in the house while gun powders and detonators were reportedly stocked in a shop from where Raut operated his real estate business.

According to media reports, the Sanatan Sanstha was used to as a conduit to collect and channel funds for the murder of writer and journalist Gauri Lankesh. Over 36 other targets were on the hit list of far-right extremist organisations with links to the Sanatan Sanstha.

Also Read: Sanathan Sanstha a nodal agency for radicals involved in the murder of Gauri Lankesh, money for hits, was routed through donations made to Sanstha

The investigators are now looking at the source of these explosives and how Raut intended to use them.

Sources say that ATS team had been keeping a vigil on him fo some days and raided his house along with forensics team and dog squad late on Thursday night. The search operation is still on.

Also Read: Top leaders of pro-Hindutva outfit including a retired Indian Army Colonel hatched Gauri Lankesh murder plot, claims SIT 

The ATS officials had a confidential tip about Raut’s activities and watched him for about 10-15 days before moving in.

The ATS has arrested Vaibhav Raut and will present him before the Bhoiwada Court in Mumbai later this afternoon after the proper paperwork and remand application.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh shooter kept in house rented by man from Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha

Meanwhile, Raut’s lawyer Sanjiv Punalekar said that the ATS has not informed him about his client’s arrest. “Anti-Terrorism Squad has not intimidated us about arrest of Vaibhav Raut. Wonder what kind of law is being followed in this country and in Maharashtra. We’ll take all legal steps,” Punalekar told ANI on Friday morning.

Sanatan Santhan was founded in 1999 by Jayant Balaji Athavale.

Persons owing allegiance to Sanatan Sanstha have been arrested in four bombings in Vashi, Thane, Panvel (all in 2007) and Goa (in 2009) and in the murders of Narendra Dabholkar (in 2013), Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi (both in 2015).

Also Read: SIT claims Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the Main Agency to carry out Killings

In December 2015 Minister of State for Home informed in Rajya Sabha that, no links could be found among the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi.

Dabholkar’s family is claiming the link between the three murders and requesting court to club the cases.

However, the Central Bureau of Investigation have informed High Court that it is waiting for the ballistic report from Scotland Yard to link all three cases.

Goa Govt Protecting Drug Peddlers, Manufacturers: No Further Action in 100 Kgs Ketamine Haul Case?

August 3, 2018: IndiaScoops.com has learnt that except for a show cause notice by the GIDC, no action has been taken against BJP Gen Secretary Vasudev Parab for illegally renting out his premises to a huge international cartel of drug manufacturers, from whom 100 kgs of ketamine also known as the date-rape drug was seized by the DRI in June this year.

Also Read: Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory raided as deadly drugs worth Rs 35 crore seized as inter-state racket in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa

If it were any other citizen, either Goan or outsider, he would have been behind bars immediately under the very stringent provisions of the NDPS Act, which clearly stipulates that even landlords who rent out their premises to organised drug syndicates or cartels are liable for prosecution.

The fact that the BJP State government and the DRI ruled by BJP bigwigs in Delhi have ‘protected and shielded’ Parab from prosecution is crystal clear, says a senior Goa-based advocate and social activist.

Also Read: Goa Police, ANC officials were aware of Ketamine factory on BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s property?

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North Goa BJP Gen Secretary Vasudev Parab on whose premises 100 Kgs of Ketamine or date rape drug were seized by the DRI

And in this case the premises were rented out illegally – there was no written agreement, in spite of the fact that the owner was pocketing over Rs 75,000 per month as rent for the premises, which could not be sublet in the first place.

That the DRI and the BJP-led Goa Government has let off their “own man” Vasudev Parab and even given him a clean chit, clearly exhibits favoritism and an indirect ‘protection’ accorded to the drug mafia. Rajya Sabha MP and BJP Goa State President Vinay Tendulkar went out of his way to defend Parab and called a press conference to state that Parab was innocent.

Also Read: DRI busts Goa BJP leader Vasudev Parab’s factory illegally manufacturing Date Rape drug Ketamine

According to an IANS report, after the DRI revealed a ketamine manufacturing factory operating in North Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday told the state legislative assembly that drugs were “only being stored” in the facility .

So Mr Parrikar is storing 100 Kgs of the deadly and illegal ketamine not a crime?  Doesn’t the NDPS Act stipulates that the owners of the premises are also liable for prosecution under various provisions? 

Four days ago, Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco told the State Legislative Assembly that narcotics are being produced within the state, while no action is taken against them by the police (Read Here).

“The level of policing in Goa has stooped so low that people in the State have started growing drugs in the fields.” Lourenco alleged.

He said, “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was strict during his earlier tenure but now he was gone little weak,” said Lourenco. Parrikar was present in the House when he spoke.

Also Read: People in Goa have started growing drugs in the fields and in their backyards: Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco

“Why no action is taken on the drugs. Are we not serious of this issue? Why not wage a war on drugs? Is there any connivance between politicians, police and drug mafia? Why are we not able to do it seriously? Something is wrong somewhere,” he added.

Lourenco referred to the recent raid by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on a factory owned by a top BJP party functionary Vasudev Parab where Ketamine was being manufactured.

While the Congress legislator named the party, Speaker Pramod Sawant expunged his words claiming that “you cannot name a person who is not present in the House to defend himself.”

Also Read: Shed on Parab’s plot was earlier used to store BJP promo material: Goa Govt, DRI and GIDC actively shielding Parab?

The crackdown, one of the biggest this year, ended with the arrests of 10 men, including two UK nationals and one from Vietnam, and seizure of 308 kg of Ketamine, 250 kg of raw material needed to make the drug and other drugs valued at ₹35-38 crore.

Parrikar, who was accused by Opposition members during Question Hour today for not doing enough to rein in the drug menace, also said that the state government has not been officially intimated by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) agency about the details of the Goa raid.

Also Read: Parrikar refuses separate probe into DRI raid on illegal drug unit run by BJP leader Vasudev Parab

“When the matter involves multiple-states, the state agency is not the agency to investigate, it is being carried out by DRI who are the authorized agency in such matters

” ..whether it is being manufactured here we don’t know. According to my information it was only being stored here,” Parrikar said in response to a question from Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro .

So the Goa CM in his own admission does not know if the ketamine was manufactured in Goa or only stored there. Parrikar should read the ‘Remand Applications’ of the DRI while seeking further custody of the accused.

Also Read: More than 400 per cent increase in drug cases in 2017, 168 cases of drug seizure reported in 2017 in Goa

The ‘remand applications’ submitted by the DRI to the concerned courts, clearly state that the persons arrested in Goa were manufacturing or processing and purifying the ketamine on the rented premises in Goa.

Not just the remand applications, even press reports, if Parrikar has even bothered to read them, clearly stated that ketamine was manufactured at Vasudev Parab’s shed.

According to a Times of India report dated June 14, 2018:

Those arrested in Goa were UK nationals Jonathan Thorn and Barry Bracken; Nguyen Cuong, a qualified chemist from Vietnam; and Sarpreet Singh, who ran a unit where ketamine was allegedly being prepared. Thorn and Bracken are believed to have set up a small unit in the UK where ketamine was being prepared from slurry (one stage before pure ketamine is derived), and Thorn ran a supply racket in South Africa, an official said. 

Bracken ran a processing unit in his house in Goa, while Thorn supervised Singh’s factory, said officials. The plot on which the factory in Goa was set up belongs to BJP leader Vijay Parab.

Nearly, 100 kg of ketamine and raw material used to manufacture the drug was found at Goa BJP office bearer Vasudev Parab’s industrial unit during DRI raid, which was used by NRI Jimi Sandhu to manufacture ketamine, claims an IANS report.

To another question by Congress MlA Pratapsing Rane, about the action the state government was contemplating over the issue, Parrikar said: “I have written to DRI. It is an international racket. The state government cannot do anything… I have already told very clearly it is a central government agency’s inquiry, I cannot interfere in it…” .

So the State government cannot do anything, not even take action against the illegal lease? Stop bluffing the people of Goa, Mr Parrikar!

Pleading that the debate on banned drugs should not be generalized, the CM said that when the police asked schools in Goa for specific inputs about the drug menace, the response was not enthusiastic.

Earlier, Faleiro blamed the Home Ministry for letting drugs proliferate in the coastal state, known for tourism.

“…it is a reality we are not only manufacturing drugs for Goa, we are manufacturing drugs for the international market. It is happening under our nose, in front of police stations, in our industrial estates, in the tourist locales like Calangute and other places,” the Congress MLA said.

with inputs from IANS, Times of India

Pandurang Madkaikar’s Problems Skyrocket, as Lokayukta seeks report from CS and ACB on Disproportionate Assets Case against Power Minister and his Wife Janita

According to media reports, the Goa Lokayukta Justice P K Misra has directed the Chief Secretary of Goa and the SP of the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) to file a status report on 9th August over the investigation conducted into the complaint filed by Adv Aires Rodrigues over the huge disproportionate assets acquired by Goa’s Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita Madkaikar, the Sarpanch of Old Goa Panchayat.

Also Read: Pandurang Madkaikar may possibly never walk again on his own, did overdose of potency-enhancing pills cause deadly stroke?

In a directive, the Goa Lokayukta has said that the status report on the probe conducted by the ACB should be submitted to office of the anti-graft institution by August 9, says an IANS report.

The Lokayukta directions came after Adv Rodrigues filed a complaint with the Lokayukta over the inaction of the ACB.

“Such status report should be submitted so as to reach this institution on or before August 9. The matter shall be taken up for further preliminary enquiry on August 9 at 11.30 a.m.,” Lokayukta Justice P.K. Mishra has said in the order.

In his complaint filed before the ACB, the complainant Aires Rodrigues — a Goa-based lawyer — had alleged that Madkaikar, had constructed a bungalow which according to the complainant was allegedly valued at Rs 200 crore and had demanded a probe under sections 13(1)(d)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code, reports IANS.

Madkaikar is currently recuperating at a specialty hospital in Mumbai after suffering an almost fatal brain stroke in June this year (Read Here). Doctors claim he may never be able to walk on his own as part of his brain has gone dead and one side of his body is paralyzed.

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

Pointing out that Pandurang Madkaikar’s Nikitasha Realtors Pvt Ltd had on 1st April this year inaugurated a huge palatial bungalow at Old Goa estimated to have cost around a whopping 200 crores, Adv Aires Rodrigues in his complaint on May 10th had demanded that the ACB register an FIR under Sections 13(1) (d) & (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Section 120-B of Indian Penal Code against Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita Madkaikar and to speedily investigate the case.

Also Read: Danger of Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar losing part of his memory?

Adv Rodrigues along with his complaint gave the ACB photographs of the bungalow and a copy of the Affidavit dated 13th January 2017 filed by Pandurang Madkaikar along with his nomination papers at the 2017 Assembly Elections.

Rodrigues drew the attention of the ACB  that in his Income-tax returns for the financial year 2015-16 Pandurang Madkaikar had shown his total income for the year as a mere Rs 1,44,389 and that of his wife Janita, a paltry sum of  Rs 24,389.

Also Read: Madkaikar’s bungalow given OC in less than 7 days, by Panchayat headed by Madkaikar’s wife

Rodrigues in his complaint stated that among his other liabilities and dues Pandurang Madkaikar had shown a personal loan of 10 lakh he had taken from Shiv Samarth Motors owned by Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte and another Personal loan of 5 lakhs obtained from his brother Dhaku Madkaikar.

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Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar’s controversial Rs 200 crore bungalow encroaches on land belonging to a protected monument

Rodrigues further stated that among Janita Madkaikar’s other liabilities and dues, was a personal loan of 10 lakhs she had obtained from Rajesh Khaunte the brother of Rohan Khaunte and another personal loan of Rs 6, 24, 361 she got from her husband Pandurang Madkaikar.

Also Read: Madkaikar being fed by tubes, out of ICU and ventilator, but still partly in coma

Stating that a perusal of the Affidavit of  assets and liabilities filed by Pandurang Madkaikar clearly reveals that the construction of this new palatial bungalow at Old Goa was  clearly disproportionate to the known source of income of Pandurang Madkaikar his wife Janita,  Rodrigues also drew the attention of the ACB that the Madkaikars’ had in their affidavit shown that they owned only one residential building  at Old Goa  in Survey No. 143/1 with the plot admeasuring 875 sq mts and the total built-up area 580.7 sq mts  valued at Rs. 69,68,400/.

Rodrigues in his complaint also informed the ACB that as Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and Old Goa Sarpanch Janita Madkaikar are public officials he has through a letter addressed to their respective Competent Authority sought sanction to prosecute them.

Madkaikar had rejected the allegations, says the IANS report, claiming all the documentation regarding the construction of the bungalow located near the iconic Basilica of Bom Jesus church complex was valid and the construction was carried out using legally earned source of income.

with inputs from IANS

Shoot her in the head as it was done in Kalburgi murder to ensure a direct hit, Gauri Lankesh killer taught during training

August 2, 2018: During his training in the usage of guns under the tutelage of members of a radical extremist Hindutva group in a forest near Belgaum on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border, 26-year-old Parashuram Waghmare, who is accused of shooting journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017, was told by at least one person to “shoot her in the head’’ like they had done while shooting Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi, the Indian Express reports.

Also Read: 36 Targets and 50 Shooters: Gauri Lankesh Murder Suspect’s Diary Reveals Chilling Details

According to the Indian Express this revelation by Waghmare, the alleged shooter in the Lankesh case, has provided the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka police an inkling that at least one of the persons involved in training Waghmare was also involved in the unsolved murder of Kalburgi on August 30, 2015.

Also Read: Plot to kill Lankesh took root at Sanathan Sanstha’s Hindu Conclave in June 2017

The finding that some of Waghmare’s trainers were directly involved in the Kalburgi murder adds to forensic findings that a common group of assassins was involved in the two shootings.

A report from the Karnataka state forensic science laboratory of the analysis of ballistic evidence in the two cases — presented with a preliminary chargesheet filed by the SIT on May 30 in the Lankesh case — states that Kalburgi and Lankesh were killed with the exact same 7.65 mm country-made gun, reports Indian Express.

Also Read: SIT arrests teacher Suresh Kumar, formerly the prime witness for non-cooperation and misleading the Gauri Lankesh murder probe

Kalburgi was killed at the doorstep of his Dharwad home by an unidentified gunman, who shot him in the head at almost point blank range after his wife opened the door to a stranger seeking to meet the scholar.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT uncovers covert pro-Hindutva outfit that recruits assassins

A report from the Karnataka state forensic science laboratory of the analysis of ballistic evidence in the two cases — presented with a preliminary chargesheet filed by the SIT on May 30 in the Lankesh case — states that Kalburgi and Lankesh were killed with the exact same 7.65 mm country-made gun.

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

Kalburgi was killed at the doorstep of his Dharwad home by an unidentified gunman, who shot him in the head at almost point blank range after his wife opened the door to a stranger seeking to meet the scholar says the Indian Express report.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder shooter Parashuram Waghmore linked to Sri Rama Sene

Lankesh was killed after four bullets were fired at her by a gunman while she was opening the gate to her home after returning from work on the evening of September 5, 2017. The SIT has identified Waghmare as the man who arrived wearing a helmet to shoot the journalist while his accomplice, identified as Ganesh Miskin, 27, waited on a motorcycle a few yards away.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh shooter kept in house rented by man from Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha

The SIT probe has found that Waghmare trained in the usage of firearms with Miskin, who hails from Hubbali. The others allegedly involved in the training were Rajesh Bangera, 50, a government employee and owner of two licensed pistols, who served as the main arms trainer for youths recruited by the Hindutva group, and Amol Kale, 37, a former Pune coordinator of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti who led the operations of the secret group.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh killers planned to kill actor Prakash Raj, a Goan Congress leader and a Mumbai-based journalist

SIT sources said that Waghmare revealed during questioning that he was told during his training to “shoot in the head” as it was done in the Kalburgi murder to ensure a clean hit.

In remand applications since the arrest of Waghmare on June 11 and Miskin on July 22, the SIT has stated that the duo were together when Waghmare was trained.

Also Read: Probe into Gauri Lankesh’s murder reveals links to extremist Hindutva group Sanatan Sanstha

“The accused no A9 (Miskin) along with accused no A7 (Waghmare) trained in the usage of firearms — pistol shooting — in a forest region near Belagavi,’’ states an SIT remand application of July 23 seeking custody of Miskin and his Hubbali friend Amit Baddi.

Also Read: Sanathan Sanstha a nodal agency for radicals involved in the murder of Gauri Lankesh, money for hits, was routed through donations made to Sanstha

The SIT arrested Waghmare last month for the Lankesh murder after finding clues leading to him in a diary belonging to Kale. Based on descriptions provided by Waghmare about his accomplice in the Lankesh shooting, and analysis of mobile phone usage by the group, the SIT arrested Miskin and Baddi, 28, on July 22.

Also Read: Top leaders of pro-Hindutva outfit including a retired Indian Army Colonel hatched Gauri Lankesh murder plot, claims SIT 

Miskin was chosen by the secretive group to ride the motorcycle to take Waghmare to Lankesh’s home to carry out the shooting because of his possible involvement in an earlier murder of a similar nature, SIT sources said. The SIT probe has found that Miskin trained a few years earlier in the usage of firearms under Bangera — after he was recruited by Kale.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder accused confesses to being indoctrinated at Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha other Hindu outfits involved

The probe has found that the group’s main arms trainer, Bangera, 50, who was a second division clerk in the state government, was also the main supplier of ammunition to the group for their assassination plots.

“The accused no 11 (Bangera) used to buy ammunition for the licensed pistols in his possession and has supplied 20 bullets to A3 (Kale),” the SIT stated in a July 24 remand application seeking custody of Bangera, the Indian Express reports.

Also Read: SIT claims Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the Main Agency to carry out Killings

Since the arrest of Bangera, the SIT has found that he bought hundreds of .32 or 7.65 mm bullets over the last six years from an ammunition store in Madikeri in the guise of using it for his licensed weapons and diverted many of the bullets to the Hindutva group, the Indian Express reports.

Long before he trained Waghmare, Bangera is alleged to have trained Miskin in usage of firearms. Several other youths recruited by Kale and his aides for the group are alleged to have been trained by Bangera, sources said.

Source: Indian Express

As Intellectuals Accuse Goa Govt of Protecting ‘Murderers’, award-winning writer Damodar Mauzo says Goa Govt Soft on Sanatan Sanstha

Goa-based Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer Damodar Mauzo, who was last week given police protection following death-threats by the alleged killers of Bengaluru-based writer Gauri Lankesh, on Wednesday said the state government has gone soft on the Sanatan Sanstha, headquartered at Ponda in the coastal state, reports news agency IANS.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha like cancer, a killing agency and breeding ground for murderers

Prominent Goans, social workers, writers and intellectuals from Maharashtra and Goa who spoke to IndiaScoops.com in the past have demanded a complete ban on the right-wing Sanatan Sanstha and a police investigation into its sources of funding as well as the use of funds collected for so-called religious and educational purposes.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh killers planned to kill actor Prakash Raj, a Goan Congress leader and a Mumbai-based journalist

This is after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of writer Gauri Lankesh found that the Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha’s bank accounts were used as  a conduit to pay the killers. Donations were collected by the Sanstha or its members for various religious and educational purposes, which were discreetly channelized to bear the expenses for illegal, extremist activity.

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

Last year at an event called the Hindu Conclave, held in June 2017 at the Sanatan Sanstha in Ponda, several far-right speakers had made vitriolic speeches.

One among them was a godwoman from Madhya Pradesh, Sadhvi Saraswati who openly claimed that Hindus must arm themselves and Hindu men should gift their sisters swords. She also demanded that beef-eaters should be hanged in public, or must leave the country, sparking a outrage in the beef-consuming international tourist destination.

Also Read: Prominent Goans, social workers, writers, intellectuals demand ban on right-wing Sanatan Sanstha

Referring to a spate of murders, Mauzo said, “Why has this happened today? When in 2009 the bomb blast happened, the government went soft on the accused. If the government had remained firm, this would not have come to this pass,” Damodar Mauzo said, speaking to IANS.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT uncovers covert pro-Hindutva outfit that recruits assassins

Eight members of the Sanstha were accused of plotting an IED blast in Margao town in South Goa in 2009, but six were acquitted subsequently and two others died while ferrying the bomb towards a crowded Diwali function.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh shooter kept in house rented by man from Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha

The Sanstha has said it did not have a role in the blast.

A Congress-led coalition government was in power when the blast took place.

Also Read: Plot to kill Lankesh took root at Sanathan Sanstha’s Hindu Conclave in June 2017

Mauzo was speaking at a solidarity meeting convened in the state capital to condemn the death-threat to the writer, who won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1983 for his novel ‘Karmelin’.

Praising India’s diversity, Mauzo said that in the name of evicting Rohingyas, the national register of citizens was being used to de-list native Indians.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder accused confesses to being indoctrinated at Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha other Hindu outfits involved

“Do you know what is happening in Assam? In the name of evicting Rohingyas they have prepared a National Register of Citizens. Please go and see whose names are n it. Please understand the agenda behind it and the thought behind it is betrayal of society,” Mauzo said, calling the controversial national register of citizens an “unconstitutional move”, reports IANS.

Also Read: Sanathan Sanstha a nodal agency for radicals involved in the murder of Gauri Lankesh, money for hits, was routed through donations made to Sanstha

In 2016, then Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had said that the Goa government would consult the Maharashtra home department, which was probing the murder of leftist leader Govind Pansare, before deciding on a ban on the Sanstha, reports IANS.

Samir Gaikwad, a member of the Sanstha was arrested in 2016, for Pansare’s murder, even as Rudra Patil, another member of the organisation, also linked to the same crime, is absconding.

 

Controversies surrounding Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

The Sanatan Sanstha, established in 1999, has been accused in several high-profile killings and in the 2008 Thane and Vashi bomb-blasts, claims a report in the The Wire.

Also Read: Top leaders of pro-Hindutva outfit including a retired Indian Army Colonel hatched Gauri Lankesh murder plot, claims SIT 

A member of the organisation is a key accused in the murder of writer and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.

The Sanathan Sanstha or its members are accused of being responsible for an explosion in Goa in 2009, and for bombings in Vashi, Thane and Panvel in 2007, according to a submission which was part of a plea filed by Vinay Rokade in the Bombay High Court, which sought a ban on the organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Also Read: Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

In his petition, Rokade had told the court that the state government had forwarded a proposal to the Centre in 2012 recommending a ban on the organisation, but that the Centre did not act on it.

The Maharashtra government’s proposal was based on Anti-Terrorism Squad reports and inputs.

Also Read: 36 Targets and 50 Shooters: Gauri Lankesh Murder Suspect’s Diary Reveals Chilling Details

“The government of Maharashtra has reached to the conclusion that Sanatan Sanstha organisation is liable to be banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act,” the government had said in an affidavit filed in connection with the case in 2012.

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, registered in 2002, is an offshoot of the Sanstha. The HJS’s stated aim is to establish a ‘Hindu nation’.

With inputs from IANS & The Wire

Goa Raped: Over 1 Crore Sq Mt of Orchard Land in Goa Illegally Sold as Residential, FIR’s Registered in Some Cases

Panaji, Jul 30: Almost one crore square metres of orchard land in Goa has been illegally sold as residential plots, and FIRs had been lodged in a majority of these cases, the state’s Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai said today.

Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Sardesai said that the Town and Country Planning Act had been amended and any development in contravention of the Regional Plan would be treated as a cognisable offence.

He added that a no-objection certificate from the TCP department was mandatory for the sale of any plot.

“We have come across 99 such cases where orchard land totalling about one crore square metres has been illegally divided. We have filed FIRs in a majority of the cases. Most of them have been reported from Quepem, Sanguem, Dharbandora and Bicholim talukas,” Sardesai told the House.

He was responding to questions tabled by Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte and the BJP’s Nilesh Cabral.

“In planning areas, the Planning and Development Authority has the right to act against and demolish such structures under Section 53 of the TCP Act. However, in case of non-planning areas, the PDA has no powers. Only the local governing bodies like panchayats can act,” he told the House.

He said that, if the House agreed unanimously, the TCP Act could be amended so that Planning and Development Authorities get powers to act against these violations even in non-planning areas.

SIT claims Ponda-based Sanatan Sanstha was the main Agency to carry out Killings, Gauri Lankesh was Second on a ‘Hitlist’ of 36 targets

Journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh’s name was on an apparent ‘hitlist’ that had the names of 33 other people, including theatre personality Girish Karnad, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka police has revealed.

Also Read: Plot to kill Lankesh took root at Sanathan Sanstha’s Hindu Conclave in June 2017

According to an Indian Express report, two such ‘hitlists’ were found in the possession of Amol Kale (36), who was arrested in May. Lankesh’s name was second on a list that  had a total of eight names. Theatre legend Girish Karnad’s name topped the list. The other list included 26 targets.

Also Read: SIT arrests teacher Suresh Kumar, formerly the prime witness for non-cooperation and misleading the Gauri Lankesh murder probe

The SIT believes the lists were drawn up in July 2016. Lankesh was shot dead outside her residence on September 5, 2017.

The SIT has arrested two more suspects in relation to the killing, taking the total numbers of suspects arrested in the case, to nine.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT uncovers covert pro-Hindutva outfit that recruits assassins

A Mangalore-based state government employee working for the education department was recently arrested for training the killers how to fire a gun, according to the Indian Express.

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

All the suspects are linked to extremist Hindu groups such as Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and were active members of both the groups.

Also Read: 36 Targets and 50 Shooters: Gauri Lankesh Murder Suspect’s Diary Reveals Chilling Details

Amol Kale, in whose possession the diary was found, is a resident of Pune and a former convenor of the HJS.

The SIT said that Lankesh and others on the lists were chosen as targets because of their opposition towards radical Hindutva and superstitious practices.

All the people mentioned in the hit list have been provided state security.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder shooter Parashuram Waghmore linked to Sri Rama Sene

“These lists were some kind of tentative collection of names compiled at the end of discussions by a small group of people. They seem to be random lists which would undergo changes. Though Lankesh was named at no. 2, she was targeted first,’’ reported the Indian Express, quoting a police source, because she was apparently a soft and easy target.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh shooter kept in house rented by man from Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha

Mysuru-based writer and academic K.S. Bhagwan, Kannada writers Yogesh Master, Chandrashekhar Patil and Banajagere Jayaprakash and former Karnataka backward castes commission chairman C.S. Dwarkanath were also listed as targets of the group.

Nidumamidi Swamiji, a seer opposed to superstition, was also a target.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh killers planned to kill actor Prakash Raj, a Goan Congress leader and a Mumbai-based journalist

The police have also provided security to literary figures Patil Putappa, Nataraj Huliyar, Baragur Ramachandrappa and Chennaveera Kanavi. Rationalist Narendra Nayak and S.M. Jamdar, the former IAS officer and proponent of separate religion status for the Lingayat community, were also provided state security.

Also Read: Probe into Gauri Lankesh’s murder reveals links to extremist Hindutva group Sanatan Sanstha

Other documents found in Kale and associate Sujeet Kumar’s possession reveal a network of at least 30 people engaged in planning and execution of killings of those opposed to Hindutva.

Also Read: Sanathan Sanstha a nodal agency for radicals involved in the murder of Gauri Lankesh, money for hits, was routed through donations made to Sanstha

Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

Sanatan Sanstha, established in 1999, has been accused in several high-profile killings and 2008 Thane and Vashi bomb-blasts, claims a report in the The Wire.

Also Read: Top leaders of pro-Hindutva outfit including a retired Indian Army Colonel hatched Gauri Lankesh murder plot, claims SIT 

A member of the organisation is a key accused in the murder of writer and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.

The Sanathan Sanstha had also been accused of being responsible for an explosion in Goa in 2009, and for bombings in Vashi, Thane and Panvel in 2007, according to a submission which was part of a plea filed by Vinay Rokade in the Bombay High Court, which sought a ban on the organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Also Read: Top leaders of pro-Hindutva extremist outfit hatched Gauri Lankesh murder plot

In his petition, Rokade had told the court that the state government had forwarded a proposal to the Centre in 2012 recommending a ban on the organisation, but that the Centre did not act on it.

The Maharashtra government’s proposal was based on Anti-Terrorism Squad reports and inputs.

Also Read: Gauri Lankesh murder accused confesses to being indoctrinated at Goa’s Sanatan Sanstha other Hindu outfits involved

“The government of Maharashtra has reached to the conclusion that Sanatan Sanstha organisation is liable to be banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act,” the government had said in an affidavit filed in connection with the case in 2012.

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, registered in 2002, is an offshoot of the Sanstha. The HJS’s stated aim is to establish a ‘Hindu nation’.

Source: The Wire

Sex for Work: Model accuses UP BJP Neta with links to CM Yogi Adityanath and PMO of alleged blackmail, molestation and sexual harassment

An aspiring model and actress Aneesha Singh Sharma (not her real name) who has done several small roles in Tamil and Telugu films has alleged that a UP BJP leader – who also masquerades as a film producer and goes by different names in different States – leaked her private images on social media last week after she refused to give in to his demands for sexual favors.

Rao demanded sexual favors in return for film work and threatened the victim with dire consequences when she protested his misdemeanor. The victim has alleged that Rao touched her inappropriately on several occasions in different star hotels in South India.  He even tried to undress me, but I pushed him away and ran out of the hotel room, the victim alleged.

The victim took to Facebook to complain against the con man. She first posted her complaint on her own FB account wall, but was forced to delete her account, after Rao threatened to harm her family. She later on created a page and has put up 3-4 posts detailing her ordeal.

One of her FB posts reads:

“The culprit is a well connected BJP leader who operates in South India, but hails from UP. He is protected by his BJP friends in Delhi. He cons struggling models and forces them into the flesh trade after blackmailing and threatening them. PLS SHARE.. He is originally from UP and his network is based in Punjab and Rajasthan and other parts of North India including Delhi. He sometimes claims his name is Rameshnath Venkat Rao from Chennai and at times says he is Pawan Thakur from UP.”

Another post states:

“A local BJP leader originally hailing from UP who has now turned small time producer has launched a production house making Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies, which is nothing but a front to supply girls to right wing politicians in the South.

This man had molested me and sexually harassed me several times in the past on the pretext of giving me work. He would ask me to meet him in hotels on the excuse that he would introduce me to top politicians from UP from the ruling BJP party who would finance his movie projects. Each time he introduced me to some dirty, lousy men who he claimed were top BJP leaders or their moneybags. He molested me 4-5 times, touching me inappropriately. He said he has direct links with the UP CM as well as Delhi BJP leaders. He used to carry a lot of different BJP party literature like pamphlets in different languages with him and told me he handles all the printing for the party in UP. I am scared for my life because once about a month ago when I put out a post on Facebook about him, he threatened to kill me and my family in UP. He forced me to delete my Facebook account. I am sure he is behind everything and hold him responsible for the harassment I am facing. He told me his name was Pawan Thakur but I don’t think that’s his real name. I have asked someone else to expose him and his wrong doing as I am scared for my life. He is stalking me and claims to know where I go and whom I meet. Hence to protect myself and my family as we are not rich and cannot take on these murderous politicians, I am going into hiding after sharing the story of my sexual harassment with a media person whom I can trust.”

(The victim has subsequently updated her original Facebook post and this text above may be slightly different from the current one, visible on Facebook)

The leaked photos were first published on an adult page on Facebook and later on were picked up by a South-Indian glamour and sleaze website. They have now gone viral on social media and Whats App, forcing the currently Mumbai-based model to run for cover and go into hiding.

Her manager said the images were leaked by a rogue director Rameshnath Venkat Rao who claimed to be from Sri Lanka who has been blackmailing Aneesha for the last one month. He demanded sexual favors for a role in an international web series, Aneesha’s manager told media persons in Mumbai on Friday.

According to the victim, Rao once told her his real name was Pawan Thakur and he was closely linked to UP CM Yogi Adityanath and other top BJP leaders in Delhi including PMO officials.

“He arrogantly boasted to me that he handles all the printing work for the BJP party in UP and MP and is connected to all top BJP netas in the country. He has even met the UP CM and the PM personally and showed me his photos with them,” the victim alleged.

IndiaScoops.com however, could not independently verify any of these claims or allegations or the accused’s links with top leaders in the BJP party. BJP leaders in UP whom IndiaScoops.com spoke to said they were not aware of any Pawan Thakur or Rameshnath Venkat Rao.

The victim in her FB post said she does not believe his real name is Pawan Thakur, because he was addressed by different names by different people.

Investigations by IndiaScoops.com revealed that Rao’s real name is different and he uses different names in different States. The victim model also put up some Facebook posts where she claimed that the rogue director at times claimed his name was Pawan Thakur and he was a well-connected BJP leader from UP.

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Since the last two weeks after her images were published with her real name on Facebook, Aneesha who is also known as Red Lips, among her friends because of her crazy fetish for red lipstick, was forced to remove her photographs and other content from her social media pages, as hundreds of crank users began spamming her. She subsequently created an FB page sans her original photographs.

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She was also forced to “hide” or delete her original FB and Twitter accounts as she began getting hundreds of crank and vulgar messages.

All the leaked bikini images of Aneesha Singh Sharma can be viewed here. In the images the face of the model has been blacked out by IndiaScoops.com to protect her identity and prevent viewers from directly identifying the victim.

The model’s manager confirmed to IndiaScoops.com that the leaked images were indeed hers and that she is taking legal action against the rogue director, who has allegedly duped and blackmailed nearly 20 other women.

Aneesha Singh Sharma is the third model to be cheated by the same rogue film director, who has approached the police, earlier models Avantika Gaokar and Marathi actress Smita S Jadhav were similarly, allegedly blackmailed by the same director who reportedly fled to Sri Lanka after the courts in Chennai issued arrest warrants against him. Rao has a big set up in Chennai and operates a local cable news channel, it is learnt.

It is learnt that Rao has allegedly cheated over 20 models from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai and runs a porn site where he uploads images clandestinely obtained from unsuspecting, struggling models. It seems that he is part of an international gang, with several members in India, but uses different names at different times.

He is also allegedly in the flesh trade business and pushes hapless models eager to make a fast buck into prostitution after blackmailing them, and after getting them to send him nude images. The victim has claimed that he supplies (sic) girls to politicians in Chennai and North India.

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and will be updated as new inputs come in

Disclaimer: IndiaScoops.com does not assume any responsibility or vouch for the authenticity of the images published on its sites. The images have been sourced from social media and other websites and we have only republished images which were already in public domain, after informing the victim. The victim’s identity and real name have been kept private and protected by IndiaScoops.com and her face has been blacked out.