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Tawade was in touch with 2009 Madgaon blast suspect, says CBI

Jun 12, 2016 08:12 AM IST

PUNE: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who arrested Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti member Dr Virendra Tawade on Friday, has found that he was in constant touch with Sanatan activists who are suspects in the 2009 Madgaon blast and are evading capture.

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The CBI had arrested the 48-year-old in connection with the 2013 murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, that was followed by the killings of fellow rationalists, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi.

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An ENT specialist associated with the right-wing Samiti, Tawade is likely to be produced in a local court as a “co-conspirator in Dabholkar murder”, the CBI said. The agency’s suspicions regarding Tawade’s involvement grew after they recovered certain documents, mobile numbers, emails and other material in the June 1 raid of his and another Sanatan Sanstha activist, Sarang Akolkar’s residences.

Akolkar, an engineer who resided at Narayan Peth in Pune, became untraceable ever since his name cropped up in the Madgaon blasts in 2009. The NIA declared him an absconder.

Tawade apparently sent an email to Akolkar as recently as this month, after the searches took place, the CBI said.

There were 11 suspects in the blasts, of which six were acquitted by a Goa court, while others, including Akolkar, remain at large. Two people had died as the explosives ripped through central Goa on October 16, 2009.

An active Sanatan activist, Tawade spent almost eight years in Satara where he was took part in the Ganesh idol immersion movement. Tawade crossed paths with Dabholkar who was campaigning to ban the practice of immersing idols in the river.

The Maharashtra police have already arrested Sameer Gaikwad, another Sanatan Sanstha member in connection with leftist leader Govnd Pansare murder case. The investigating agencies have suspected that murders of Dabholkar, Pansare and MM Kalburgi are linked.

Dabholkar, prominent anti-superstition crusader was killed on August 20, 2013. He was taking a morning stroll when two bike-borne men in their midtwenties fired four bullets from behind at close range. The case was handed over to the CBI after the city police failed to make any headway.

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    Yogesh Joshi is Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times. He covers politics, security, development and human rights from Western Maharashtra.

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