Dabholkar murder accused was in touch with Goa blast suspect
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”.