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Efforts to Create Malegaon II by Implicating Us in Lankesh Murder Case: Sanathan Sanstha

On Tuesday, in a press conference held in Bengaluru, Sanatan Sanstha national spokesperson Chethan Rajhans rubbished claims that the murderers of rationalist were influenced by the holy text of ‘Kshatra Dharma Sadhana' published by the Sanstha.

Stacy Pereira | CNN-News18

Updated:December 4, 2018, 6:31 PM IST
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Efforts to Create Malegaon II by Implicating Us in Lankesh Murder Case: Sanathan Sanstha
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Bengaluru: Days after the Karnataka SIT filed the second chargesheet in the Gauri Lankesh Murder Case that mentions involvement of Hindu right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha, the organisation has hit out at the Congress accusing it of conspiring against them in order to malign its reputation.

On Tuesday, in a press conference held in Bengaluru, Sanatan Sanstha national spokesperson Chethan Rajhans rubbished claims that the murderers of rationalist were influenced by the holy text of ‘Kshatra Dharma Sadhana' published by the Sanstha. He questioned what holy text do Jihadis and terroists read before committing such crimes?

"Jihadi literature influenced people to kill 23 innocent people in Karnataka. However, Karnataka SIT has not named any of them, even in the Rudresh murder case. On the contrary, they claim that Kshatra Dharma Sadhana, a book from Sananthan Sanstha has influenced killing of Gauri Lankesh. This book has not been published for over 10 years, then how could the killers be influenced by it? Rajhans asked.

The organisation also claimed that it did not support any political party and which is why they were being targeted.

"This chargesheet shows that efforts are being made to dig out old issue of Hindu terrorism and conspiracy to start Malegaon II edition after Malegaon I proved to be a total failure. Although the activists who are arrested in this case belong to various organisations, efforts clearly appear over to target Sanatan Sanstha which propagates Hindu Dharma,” Chetan Rajhans hit out at the investigating agency.

Ramesh Shinde, the Spokesperson of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti pointed out how the SIT had invoked Karnataka control of organised crime Act (KCOCA) against the 16 arrested in the case which was arbitrary as the accused didn't have any criminal background.

The Karnataka SIT had submitted the first chargesheet in May 2018 after the arrest of KT Naveen Kumar an alleged member of the Hindu Yuva Sena and his subsequent confessions. The arrest of mastermind Amol Kale is said to have given the impetus to the SIT probe as the investigating agency got hold of three diaries that had the 'hitlist' along with other publications and literature about the Hindu dharma.

Interrogations revealed that Parashuram Waghmore is said to be the one that pulled the trigger whereas Ganesh Mishkin rode the bike that took them to the spot.

Investigations had revealed that the same murder weapon was used for Gauri as well as MM Kalburgi's killings. The ballistic reports also revealed that one of the weapons used to eliminate Leftist thinker Govind Pansare was also used to kill Narendra Dabholkar in 2013, thus giving evidence that the murders were somehow connected.

On 23rd November SIT officials submitted a 9235-pages chargesheet at the Principal Civil and Sessions court in Bengaluru. They also asked the court to allow them to investigate further. Two of the 18 accused are still at large.
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