Dabholkar mur­der: CBI zeroes in on 6 sus­pects

Wit­ness iden­ti­fies Goa blast sus­pect as one of the shoot­ers: CBI

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

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.

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