Dabholkar mur­der ac­cused was in touch with Goa blast sus­pect

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yo­gesh Joshi yo­gesh.joshi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PUNE: The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI), who ar­rested Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Jan­ja­gruti Samiti mem­ber Dr Viren­dra Tawade on Fri­day, has found that he was in con­stant touch with Sanatan ac­tivists who are sus­pects in the 2009 Madgaon blast and are evad­ing cap­ture.

The CBI had ar­rested the 48-year-old in con­nec­tion with the 2013 mur­der of ra­tio­nal­ist Naren­dra Dabholkar in Pune, that was fol­lowed by the killings of fel­low ra­tio­nal­ists, Govind Pansare and MM Kal­burgi.

An ENT spe­cial­ist as­so­ci­ated with the right-wing Samiti, Tawade was pro­duced be­fore ju­di­cial mag­is­trate first class MN Shakh, who re­manded him in the CBI’s cus­tody un­til June 16.

A Sanathan Sanstha spokesper­son, how­ever, claimed that Tawade was not a cur­rent mem­ber of the or­gan­i­sa­tion or of the Hindu Jan­ja­gruti Samiti, an off­shoot. Sanathan Sanstha spokesper­son Ab­hay Var­tak claimed Tawade had been a mem­ber of the or­gan­i­sa­tion un­til 2007, af­ter which he pro­vided med­i­cal ser­vices to mem­bers of its ashram.

Mean­while, Dabholkar’s fam­ily wel­comed Tawade’s ar­rest, call­ing it “a step in right di­rec­tion”. >> RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P2

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