Shyam Manav, 
president of the ‘Andhsharda Nirmulan Samiti’
Shyam Manav, president of the ‘Andhsharda Nirmulan Samiti’

Even as former member endorses them and alleges that outfit members were hypnotized to ‘kill’ 

Mumbai : The Sanatan Sanstha has challenged rationalist Prof. Shyam Manav to prove his claims that the organization employs hypnotism techniques to ‘brainwash’ its members and ‘programme’ them to ‘kill’; even as a news channel in an exclusive interview showed one of the former member of the organization endorsing all such claims.

“Prof. Manav should prove that a person can be made to commit a crime under the spell of hypnotism, or else he should apologize for levelling baseless allegations against our organization,” Ajay Vartak, spokesperson of Sanatan Sanstha told FPJ.

“Manav claims to be working against superstition. But, at the same time, he is making unwarranted claims about the medical science and hypnotism. We urge the state government to file charges against him and prevent him from spreading such superstitions,” Vartak said.

Manav, president of the ‘Andhsharda Nirmulan Samiti’, has been saying for a long time that the members of Sanatan Sanstha are ‘brainwashed’ and that they can be groomed into ‘human bombs’. “He had also claimed that Sanatan employs hypnotism techniques to be able to ‘kill’ people. This is a blatant lie as science says that mass hypnotism is not possible, nobody can be hypnotized against his own will and hypnotism in absentia is impossible,” Vartak said.

Manav, however, said that he was alluding to the ‘brainwashing’ of the members, as was commonplace under Hitler.

Manav also said that as part of its activities, Sanatan Sanstha was projecting ‘progressive’ people like the late rationalist, Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, as the ‘devil’ and followers were being instigated to work against them.

In an exclusive interview to English news channel Times Now, a former member of the Sanatan Sanstha has claimed that members of the right wing outfit were ‘brainwashed’ and ‘programmed to kill’. He also added that the Sanstha had tried to create impediments in the work of rationalists. He repeated this allegation against J.B. Athavale, too.

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