PUCL is greatly concerned by increasing news about the growth of activities of Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu extremist organization in Tamil Nadu. This organization, which started functioning in 1999, has openly declared its objective of establishing a Hindu Rashtra by the year 2025. The extremists activities carried out by this organisation towards this goal is causing threat to India's sovereignty. A case field by Maharashtra Government before the High Court describing this organisation as a religious extremist organisation is still pending. Many criminal cases are pending in courts in different states against Sanatan Sanstha members of allegedly being involved in religious terrorist activities. Some members of the organisation have been convicted for having committed offence of placing bombs in a hall in Thane, (near Mumbai). 6 members of the organisation have been implicated in a 2011 bomb blast case in Goa.
In 2011 bombs and dangerous weapons were seized from the offices of this organisation. With a history of extremist activities, Sanatan Santha is also allegedly involved in the assassination of secular intellectuals and thinkers like Narendra Dabholkar, Goving Pansare, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh as has been stated by police officials.
The organization is working to develop a sense of hatred amongst Hindus towards members of other religions. There is news that the organisation is also providing training in use of weapons. A report of the Intelligence Agencies has reported that with such a history of criminal, extremist activities the Sanatan Sanstha has started openly functioning in Tamil Nadu also and and that it has prepared a list of persons to be assassinate / killed. The police has reported that amongst the persons in this list is also the name of Mr. D. Ravikumar, General Secretary of VCK Party (Viduthalai Siruthaikal Katchi).PUCL is extremely concerned over this news. PUCL condemns the targeting of Mr. Ravi Kumar by a Hindu fundamentalist / extremist group. PUCL also condemns the creation of a list to target those who have given a call against communalism and divisive politics.
PUCL demands that the Tamil Nadu government and the police should keep constant watch over the activities of Sanatan Sanstha and take action against the organisation for its unlawful activities. PUCL warns that unless the activities of such communal extremist organisations like the Sanatan Sanstha are nipped in the bud, (in the beginning stages), the history of communal harmony in Tamil Nadu will be seriously affected.
Gana Kurinji, President
R. Murali, General Secretary
PUCL Tamil Nadu & Puducherry