CBI seeks Scot­land Yard probe in killings of three ra­tio­nal­ists

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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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