ATS, crime branch to probe attack on CPI leader Pansare

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2015 21:48 IST

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Mumbai crime branch wll be simultaneously probing the attack on CPI leader and activist Govind Pansare and his wife Uma in Kolhapur.

A team of crime branch's property cell officials have reached the crime spot in Kolhapur and would provide technical help to the local police to find the unidentified assailants. The crime branch had also been a part of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar's shootout case.

The team is headed by an inspector and comprises of six police personnel, including two officers.

"The team will assist the investigating officials there (Kolhapur) and will study the mobile phone tower's dump data of the area. There are possibilities that the suspects could be identified through the dump data, which consists of all the mobile numbers of persons present in the radius at the time of the shootout. Our focus would be to help the local police by providing technical expertise," said a crime branch official.

A senior official of the anti-terrorism squad (ATS), who did not wish to be quoted, told HT that the ATS was also conducting a parallel probe in the firing on communist leader and a team was currently in Kolhapur to collect evidence and to assist the local police in the probe.

Citing the background of cracking down on illegal weapons in Mumbai, the crime branch officials will also provide assistance to the local police to gain clarity on the possible source of the weapon used to spray bullets on Pansares.

The couple was targeted while they were returning from a morning walk on Monday. The attack was eerily similar to the shooting of Narendra Dabholkar.

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