The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has announced a cash reward of Rs5 lakh for information about two suspects, Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar, in connection with the murder of Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.
On August 20, 2013, Dabholkar, a prominent anti-superstition crusader, was allegedly gunned down by two bike-borne men during his morning walk.
According to a CBI charge sheet filed in September last year, Akolkar and Pawar, two members of the right-wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha, gunned down the rationalist.
Akolkar is also a wanted accused in the 2009 Goa blast.
In June 2014, the case was handed over to the CBI after the Pune police failed to make any headway.
The central agency has released the photographs of Akolkar and Pawar, both the suspected killers, declaring the cash prize for leads.
On June 11, 2016, the CBI arrested ENT specialist Dr Virendra Tawade, a member of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, which is affiliated to Sanstha.
Tawade, named as the main conspirator behind the killing by the CBI, was receiving Rs6,000 as an honorarium from Sanstha.
Tawade was in touch with absconding Sanatan Sanstha activists, the charge sheet said. He and other suspects, including Akolkar and Rudra Patil, had used 119 bank accounts. After the murder of Dabholkar, suspects had allegedly contacted a total of 169 people.
The agency recovered documents, mobile numbers, emails and other materials in the June 1 raid on Tawde’s and Akolkar’s residences.
In two of these emails, the CBI found that Tawade instructed Akolkar on the Dabholkar murder. The agency is trying to decode the conversation between the two.
Pansare murder: SIT grills founder of Sanatan Sanstha in Goa
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of Communist leader Govind Pansare raided a Sanatan Sanstha ashram in Goa and interrogated its founder Jayant Athavale. Athavale and other trustees were questioned on Tuesday and Wednesday, said sources. Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Abhay Vartak said SIT officials visited the ashram at Ramnathi in Goa and met Virendra Marathe, a trustee. He, however, denied the agency questioned Athavale. Vartak said the agency is trying to falsely implicate its people into various cases.
Pansare was shot dead on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur while on his morning walk