A retired police officer from Maharashtra, who is alleged to have provided firearm training and logistical support to the suspects in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, has come under the CBI scanner and features in the agency’s list of suspects.
The said officer, who was involved in the Ramabai Nagar firing in Ghatkopar in 1997, is likely to be questioned soon, a senior CBI official said.
“We have a long list of suspects and it includes policemen too,” said the official. “However, they are only suspects, and hence drawing conclusions would not be fair,” he said.
“We will have to verify his role before making further claims,” said the CBI official when asked about the role of the retired police officer in the Dabholkar case.
Officials are also trying to find out if there was a mastermind behind the killing of rationalist Dabholkar, who was gunned down by unidentified men in Pune in 2013.
A follower of Sanathan Sanstha, ENT surgeon Virendra Tawade, whom the CBI suspects is the brain behind the conspiracy, was arrested last Friday.
While the verification of suspects is being done, technical data is also being scanned since e-mails were used to pass on information.
“Since Tawade’s arrest, we have been trying to dig more into such communications, which will throw more light on the roles of those involved,” added the CBI official.
The CBI is studying Tawade’s call records and e-mails to other suspects.
“This will help us know whether instructions were taken and passed on via e-mails and calls. If so, we will be able to tell who sent and received such information,” added the official.
The CBI is looking for a connection between the 2009 Goa blast, and the Dabholkar and Pansare murders.
Tawade, meanwhile, underwent a medical examination on Saturday at a local hospital, as he had been complaining about health problems.
Investigators also learnt that the two key suspects in the case, Rudra Patil and Sarang Akolkar, both Sanathan followers, may be hiding in Uttar Pradesh or the Konkan region in disguise. Both of them have been linked to Tawade.