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Will cooperate with SIT in Gauri Lankesh murder probe: Sanathan Sanstha

Sanathan Sanstha, a right-wing Hindu organisation said on Thursday that it is ready to cooperate with the SIT probing the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Published: 22nd September 2017 02:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2017 08:55 AM   |  A+A-

Members of Sanathan Sanstha addressing the media on Thursday | Express

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Sanathan Sanstha, a right-wing Hindu organisation said on Thursday that it is ready to cooperate with the SIT probing the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

However, it has urged police to be fair in its inquiry rather than conducting it under the influence of false leftist propaganda.

Speaking to reporters, Sanstha spokesperson Chethan Rajhans said the organisation was nowhere connected with the murder.  “There were ideological differences between the Hindu activists and the leftists. But we have fought the ideological battle with ideology and have taken the legal route in a democratic fashion. We are ready for any kind of probe in this connection,” he said.

Lashing out at the media reports that a few persons from the Sanstha have been picked up by the SIT, Rajhans said no such incident has occurred.

Questioning the basis on which leftist ideologists are blaming Hindu organisations, he said, “It is claimed that the modus operandi in the case is similar to that of Dhabolkar and Pansare. What is the basis for ruling out the possibility of someone else using the similar strategy? Great uproar is being caused over the murder of Gauri, but what about the murders of Hindu activists like Chittaranjan and Thimappa Naik?”

He lashed out at politicians who were blaming them for the murder by saying that they are trying to gain mileage by defaming the Hindutva organisation. “The SIT should be allowed to investigate into the matter in an unbiased manner,” he said.

Rajhans pointed out that initially in the Dhabolkar and Pansare murder cases, the Hindutva groups were dragged in and two persons were said to be in connection with Hindutva group, but they were released on bail. “The families of slain rationalists are mum because there is no evidence to link them with Hindutva group,” he said.

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