Dabholkar murder arrest: CBI custody of Andure till Aug 26 to track exactly where ‘training to shoot’ happened in Maha, K’taka

Special judge Archana S Mujumdar remanded Andure to seven days CBI custody till August 26

pune Updated: Aug 20, 2018 16:53 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Dabholkar’s suspected assassin, Sachin Andure.(HT Photo)

PUNE Sachin Andure, 26, arrested on Saturday for the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013, allegedly received “training to shoot” at multiple places in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Central bureau of investigation (CBI) told a court in Pune on Sunday.

The CBI also alleged that Andure, the alleged shooter in the case, conspired with Virendra Tawde, the explosive specialist who was arrested on June 10, 2016.

Special judge Archana S Mujumdar remanded Andure to seven days CBI custody till August 26. Andure was arrested by the CBI on Saturday and was produced before the Shivajinagar court on Sunday afternoon.

Seeking Andure’s custody, CBI counsel Vijaykumar Dhakane said, “The agency wants to find out exactly where Andure underwent arms training and who was involved in providing the training.”

Andure was arrested after his name cropped up during the interrogation of Sharad Kalaskar by the state’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS). The ATS arrested Kalaskar and Vaibhav Raut from the Nallasopara in Thane, and Sudhwana Gondalekar from Pune, on August 10, for allegedly planning major terrorist activities in the state.

The CBI counsel in his submission to the court stated that Andure is “one of the two shooters” who shot and killed Dabholkar at Omkareshwar bridge on August 20, 2013.

“The entire conspiracy was hatched by Virendra Tawde along with this accused and others. The entire conspiracy needs to be unearthed for which the custodial interrogation of the suspect is required,” said Dhakane.

Andure’s lawyer Prakash Salsingikar, in his submission before the court, said that the CBI had taken signatures on nine sets of documents from Andure and that he was being framed in the case and falsely implicated.

Salsingikar said the names of Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar had already been mentioned as “shooters” in the Dabholkar chargesheet filed against Tawde. Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar are members of the Sanatan Sanstha, a right-wing Hindu organisation, and are currently absconding.

The police had first arrested Manish Khandelwal and Vikas Nagori in the case, who were then released in absence of a chargesheet.

“After the collapse of the arrests of Manish Khandelwal and Vikas Nagori, the high court had reprimanded the investigating agencies. There is no material evidence against the accused and the chargesheet against Andure must be produced before the court,” said Salsingikar.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 14:53 IST