Accused dismantled, disposed bike in Dabholkar murder case: ATS

ATS was appearing before a special court constituted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sought to extend custody of Suryavanshi; Liladhar Lodhi alias Vijay alias Lambu; Bharat Kurne alias Tamatar alias Uncle; and Sujeeth Kumar.
Activist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013, in Pune.(HT FILE)
Activist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013, in Pune.(HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 18, 2018 12:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has found that Vasudev Suryavanshi – arrested in connection with the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh – had dismantled a bike, and disposed its parts at various locations in Beed. The agency claimed it has recovered the bike.

ATS was appearing before a special court constituted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sought to extend custody of Suryavanshi; Liladhar Lodhi alias Vijay alias Lambu; Bharat Kurne alias Tamatar alias Uncle; and Sujeeth Kumar.

Suryavanshi, 29, is a mechanic from Sakli village in Jalgaon, 411 km from Mumbai.

Chief public prosecutor Jaysingh Desai said, “We have been able to unearth their role in the blasts carried out at theatres running shows of Padmavat, and in the conspiracy to attack the sunburn festival last year.”

The prosecution said that the call data of the accused’s SIM cards, which proves they were in touch with each other, have been obtained by the agency. ATS further claimed that Kumar had used 48 different mobile phones in the last one year. Defence lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar disputed the prosecution’s claim regarding the number of phones seized in Gauri Lankesh’s murder case.

“The data collected so far reveal that Kumar reached Satara on December 26 and switched off his phone. Kurne reached Satara the next day and switched off his phone. They switched their phones on only on December 31 in Satara. In between this time, Kumar made the mistake of switching on the phone in Pune. His location was near the office of one of the co-accused Sudhnava Gondalekar,” Desai said. Their custody has been extended till September 25.

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    Charul Shah is senior reporter covering the legal beat for Hindustan Times. She has spent over a decade in the industry covering criminal investigations and judiciary from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

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