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Dabholkar killing: CBI takes suspect to the crime scene

Sachin Andure was taken to Omkareshwar Bridge, where rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants on August 20, 2013 while he was on a morning walk.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2018 23:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
The Narendra Dabholkar murder case was initially handled by the state police, but in May 2014, it was handed over to the CBI by the Bombay high court.
The Narendra Dabholkar murder case was initially handled by the state police, but in May 2014, it was handed over to the CBI by the Bombay high court.(AP/File Photo)
         

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on Thursday brought Sachin Andure, one of the alleged shooters in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, to Omkareshwar bridge in Shaniwar peth, the scene of the crime which took place in 2013.

CBI officials took Andure to the exact spot where Dabholkar was assassinated on the morning of August 20.

Officials requesting anonymity said that the CBI team came to Pune from Mumbai on Thursday night and visited Omkareshwar temple in an attempt to retrace the happenings of the murder.

More than a dozen policemen, many armed, accompanied Andure and Central Bureau of Investigation officials to the spot. According to CBI officials, Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, another alleged shooter in the came, came to Pune from Aurangabad on the day of murder.

The duo fired two bullets each at Dabholkar and fled from the spot.

Meanwhile, the probe agency did not produce before the court the two suspects from the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

The Central Bureau of InvestigationI suspects the involvement of Mahesh Kale and another accused, both arrested for the Lankesh murder, in the Dabholkar case too. Kale is a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad and is alleged to be a key conspirator in Lankesh case.

Earlier, Pune court on Thursday extended the police custody of Andure till September 1.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has claimed that Andure, who was arrested on August 18, and Kalaskar (who is in Maharashtra ATS custody) are the accused who shot and killed Dabholkar.

“The investigation is at a very crucial stage. The police custody of Andure (whose custody ended on Thursday) has to be extended for two more days for effective investigation by the CBI. We are trying for the custody of Kalaskar,” SR Singh, investigation officer and additional superintendent of police, CBI, told the court.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 20:30 IST

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