Two senior police officials revealed to India Today that Sanatan Sanstha would have been banned nine years ago but it was saved because of powerful political pressure.
Had they been banned, the murders of Journalist Gauri Lankesh, scholars Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar could have been avoided.
In the year 2009, two members of Sanatan Sanstha were killed when the bomb they were attempting to plant at Goa's Margao exploded prematurely.
ATS officers and senior police official who had probed Hindutva outfit Sanatan Sanstha for their alleged role in Margao blast, said to India Today reporters that their probe was hindered by political pressure. He asserted that his proposal of banning the organisation was rejected.
“There is political pressure. Had there been no political pressure, it would have been banned long back,” said CL Patil, then SHO in Ponda, where the Sanatan sanstha is headquartered.
After the India Today investigation revealed the right-wing Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha’s role in terror activities, the website of the organisation revealed the names and photos of journalists who carried out the investigation, alleged India Today news anchor and director Rahul Kanwal.