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Dabholkar murder: No headway yet as crime branch joins probe

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Pune, August 21, 2013
First Published: 23:55 IST(21/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:59 IST(21/8/2013)

A day after the murder of anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar, police are still in the dark about the identity of the killers. On Wednesday, the Mumbai crime branch joined the probe, for which eight teams had been formed.

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Several Hindu organisations and caste panchayats, which were opposing Dabholkar’s activities, were on police radar. But no concrete leads emerged on Wednesday.

“While we are not ruling out anyone at this stage, the actual name is yet to emerge,” said a senior police officer.

Dabholkar was shot dead early on Tuesday -- when he was out for his morning walk -- by two men who came on black motorbike. 

The police have interrogated seven activists associated with organisations belonging to Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Jagruti Samity.

The organisations have been opposed to the anti-superstition bill which Dabholkar had been working for, and had issued threats to him. But in absence of any lead, the men were let off. Sanjeev Punalekar, advocate for Sanatan Sanstha, said, “After the incident, police are randomly calling our members for interrogation without any summons.”


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