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Goa blast accused named others before dying
Published on 21 Oct. 2009 11:51 PM IST
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The main accused in the Diwali eve blast in Goa’s Margao town had told police about several others involved in the conspiracy before succumbing to his injuries, says home minister Ravi Naik. Sanatan Sanstha member Malgonda Patil, who received serious injuries in the explosion while ferrying the IED (improvised explosive device) with an accomplice, had spoken to police officials while he was being carried from one hospital to another in an ambulance, Naik told a local cable news channel. “Malgonda Patil has told the police who was involved. Patil spoke to them while he was being carried from the Hospicio hospital (in Margao) to the Goa Medical College (Panaji) for treatment,” Naik said. “Some of it may be kept secret by the police, but he has named some people who are involved.” While Sangli-based Patil died Friday night, his accomplice Yogesh Naik passed away early Tuesday. Five days after the blast, police here have neither arrested anybody in connection with the crime nor named any person in the First Information Report (FIR) other than the two deceased. Contrary to the home minister’s statement, police officials maintain that neither Patil nor Naik were in a position to speak much when they were brought to the hospital. Both Sanatan Sanstha members had their hip and upper thigh region shattered due to the impact of gelatin sticks used in the blast. Patil and Naik were ferrying the IED on a two wheeler on Friday evening when the explosion took place in Margao, 35 km from here. Naik was driving the scooter, while Patil was riding pillion. Three other IEDs, two of which were found unexploded near the blast site and the other about 30 km away near Vasco, did not go off. Official admits ‘communication lapse’ A top state intelligence official has admitted to a ‘communication lapse’ in monitoring the movements of Sanatan Sanstha (SS) member Malgunda Patil, who died after an improvised explosive devices (IEDs) he was ferrying exploded in south Goa on Diwali eve. Goa police criminal intelligence department (CID) has been in damage control mode following reports of an ‘intelligence failure’ on its part, which could have averted the blast in Margao in south Goa, 35 km from here. The IED blast killed the two bomb-carriers, associated with the SS. “It was not an intelligence failure. It was a communication lapse,” Superintendent of police (CID) Atmaram Deshpande told reporters Tuesday evening. Intelligence agencies warned the Goa CID about the suspicious activities of Malgunda Patil, a Sangli-based member of the Sanatan Sanstha. Patil had been red flagged by central intelligence agencies after he repeatedly met Vikram Vinay Bhave, who was charge sheeted in the Malegaon blast case (2008), before the latter was imprisoned. Patil’s constant shuttling to and from the riot affected Sangli-Miraj area in Maharashtra to SS’s ashram in Ramnathi in Goa, 30 km from here, had also caught the attention of central intelligence agencies. Deshpande, however, claims the Goa police CID had no inkling about Patil’s plans. “That Malgunda Patil was planning the blast we did not know. In such conspiracies only core members know of such plans. It is not easy to obtain such information as a lot of secrecy is involved,” Deshpande said. He further said that “in all probability” the Goa CID were not aware of Malgunda Patil’s chequered history, until after the blast on Diwali eve. Deshpande said that even if Patil’s movement’s were marked by the intelligence agencies in Maharashtra, it was not necessary that they passed it onto other police forces. “If the crime is local (referring to the Malegaon blast and the Sangli-Miraj riots) then it is not necessary for the police there to pass on information to other state police agencies,” Deshpande said, referring to the possible communication lapse. The Goa police were caught on the wrong foot after the media here published a transcript of a conversation between a Goa police CID station head and the receptionist at the SS ashram. In the transcript the officer asks for Malgunda Patil and says he knows Patil “very well”. The transcript was published by the Sanatan Sanstha five days before the blast in which Patil was killed. Patil and his accomplice Yogesh Naik were ferrying the IEDs on a two wheeler on Oct 16 when the explosion took place in Margao. Three other IEDs, two of which were found unexploded near the blast site and another about 30 km away near Vasco, did not go off.

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