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‘We had no input on Sanatan Dharma’, says Shinde

Mumbai, Sept. 17 : Former home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday said that his government had no inputs on the radical Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha which is under the scanner for the murder of veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare.

“We had no inputs from any agency on Sanatan Dharma while I was the home minister in the last UPA-2 Government,” Shinde told reporters here.

However, Shinde added that the government constantly monitored the activities of the Sanatan Dharma.

Responding to a question on his saffron terror comment, Shinde said “Terrorism is not saffron, green or white, terrorism is terrorism.”

“I never said it in Parliament. I told this in the Congress Party’s meeting. There was no need to raise this issue in Parliament,” he added.

According to reports, police yesterday arrested Sameer Gaikwad, an activist of rightwing group Sanatan Sanstha, for killing of veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare. The 32-year-old suspect runs a mobile repair shop.

Police is also probing the ‘link’ between murders of Pune leader Pansare, Karnataka scholar Kalburgi and Dabholkar. (ANI)