Man held for Dab­holkar mur­der also kept watch on Pansare: CBI

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Man­ish K Pathak man­ish.pathak@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of ra­tio­nal­ist Naren­dra Dab­holkar in Pune has given the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) a lead in an­other case — the killing of Kol­ha­pur-based ac­tivist Govind Pansare.

The cen­tral agency claimed Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Jan­ja­gruti Samiti mem­ber Dr Viren­dra Tawade, ar­rested for plan­ning Dab­holkar’s mur­der, had rented a house in Kol­ha­pur for 10 days, to keep a watch on Pansare be­fore he was shot dead. The rented res­i­dence was close to Pansare’s house, sources said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve two in­di­vid­u­als — Ru­dra Patil and Sarang Akolkar — may have gunned down Dab­holkar, Pansare and Kan­nada writer MM Kal­burgi. Their names cropped up af­ter Tawade’s ar­rest.

Sources said the in­for­ma­tion col­lected by Tawade was used by ab­scond­ing sus­pects Patil and Akolkar. Both are also Sanatan Sanstha mem­bers and sus­pects in the 2009 Madgaon blast as well. CON­TIN­UED ON P10

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