CBI seeks Scotland Yard probe in killings of three rationalists
The CBI will seek the Scotland Yard’s expertise to ascertain whether a single firearm was used to kill three rationalists, allegedly by a radical Hindu group opposed to their scientific dissection of faith and religion.
The agency spokesperson confirmed the move on Friday.
Though the country’s top investigation agency is probing only the 2013 murder of Narendra Dabholkar, the subsequent killing of Govind Pansare in Maharashtra and MM Kalburgi in Karnataka have come under agency’s scanner because of the similarities in the three crimes.
The rightwing Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha, active in the two states, has emerged as the prime suspect in the three cases. A suspected activist of the organisation was charged by Maharashtra police last year in the Pansare case. The organisation denies the charges.
Used shells of 7.65 mm calibre firearm were recovered from the sites where two of the three scholars were shot dead in almost identical fashion by bike-borne assailants in the early hours.
“The CBI has received the Bombay HC’s permission to dispatch forensic objects found in the Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare murder cases to Scotland Yard for ballistic opinion. The dispatch is being finalised,” CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said. The HC handed over the Dhabolkar case to the CBI in 2014.
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