PUNE/MUMBAI: A day after the CBI arrested Dr Virendra Tawade in connection with the 2013 murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, the Sanatan Sanstha said the ENT surgeon was not an office-bearer of the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti.
Sanstha spokesperson Abhay Vartak said Tawade was associated with the organisation till 2007 and was just rendering his services to the ashram as a medical practitioner.
Vartak alleged that the arrest was a conspiracy by pseudo-seculars, who were out on a mission to malign the image of Hindu organisations. “When you find nobody’s involvement in a case, arrest a Hindu right winger is the new policy these days. The situation is getting worse even though BJP is at the helm of affairs,” he said. Tawade has been remanded in CBI’s custody till June 16.
Reacting to Tawade’s arrest, which comes three years after the murder, Dabholkar’s son Hamid said, “We have always stated that there is resemblance between Akolkar’s picture and the sketches of Dabholkar murder suspects.”