Dabholkar murder: CBI zeroes in on 6 suspects
Witness identifies Goa blast suspect as one of the shooters: CBI
PUNE/MUMBAI: The CBI probe into the gunning down of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar by suspected ultra-right activists appeared to gather pace with the agency on Thursday naming six men it believed had a direct role in it. Besides, the CBI has apparently identified two men who trained the shooters and could question them soon.
Sanathan Sanstha follower and ENT surgeon Virendra Tawade, who was arrested from Panvel on Friday, was on the list submitted to a Pune court by the CBI. The court extended the CBI custody of Tawade, whom the agency described as the architect, for four more days, till June 20.
The other five too are Sanstha members. Sarang Akolkar, Rudra Patil, Jaiprakash Hegde, and Praveen Limkar are also suspects in the 2009 Margao (Goa) blasts case and are absconding.
Vinay Pawar, a native of Umbraj near Karad, was interrogated in connection with the February 2015 murder of leftist Govind Pansare and has gone missing since.
Sanatan Santha, while denying the involvement of its members in Dabholkar’s murder, has accused the CBI of hatching a conspiracy to malign it.
The names cropped up after the CBI scrutinised Tawade’s emails. Considering the sensitiveness of its remand report, CBI requested the court to consider it a special case and not to share it with anyone including the defence counsel.