CBI recreates Dabholkar murder scene in Pune, takes accused Sachin Andure to spot

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.

pune Updated: Sep 01, 2018 16:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Accused Sachin Andure (in mask).(Hindustan Times)

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 CBI 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 CBI 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.

CBI 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: Sep 01, 2018 16:11 IST