Two days after the CBI arrested Dr Virendra Tawade, a member of the Sanatan Sanstha offshoot, Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS), for his suspected role in the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, the radical Hindu organisations have alleged that the CBI and the media are indulging in a “witch-hunt of an innocent doctor”. The allegation was made at a public meeting held in Pune on Sunday evening.
The arrest had come nine days after the agency conducted searches at the residence of Tawade, who is a medical officer for the Sanstha, and questioned him at the outfit’s ashram in Panvel. Tawade, an ENT specialist, has been working with the organisation for the last 15 years.
At the public meeting held in the city on Sunday, Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Abhay Vartak said, “Despite the arrests of Sadhak like Dr Tawade two days ago and those of other innocent Sadhaks in the past, and in spite of baseless allegations coming from people that Sanatan Sanstha is a terrorist organisation, our followers are supporting us. In these difficulties, we see an opportunity as our endeavour is to create a Hindu Rashtra.”
“I know Dr Tawade personally. He is not a person who would even speak arrogantly to anyone, leave aside be involved in a murder. We will fight for justice in this case, like in all others. This is a witch-hunt of the CBI to vicitmise an innocent doctor. Media is also propagating these claims by the CBI without verifying them. Dr Tawade is receiving support from Hindu organisations across India. Despite the biased news stories on the Internet, the comments show how Sanatan has huge support from people.”
Shyam Maharaj Rathod, a Kirtankar from Vrindavan, who was chief guest for the public meeting, said, “The foreign-funded media is spreading lies about the Hindu youth. The anchors speak here but their remote controls are abroad.”