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Dabholkar murder case: Accused Andure sent to 14 days custody

Andure is one of the two assailants who allegedly shot and killed rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar near Omkareshwar Bridge in Shaniwar peth on August 20, 2013.

pune Updated: Sep 02, 2018 17:25 IST
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Amit Degvekar and Rajesh Bangera (in black hood), arrested in connection with journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder produced at the Pune district court on Saturday.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) RR Bhalgat on Saturday remanded murder accused Sachin Andure in 14 days judicial custody while Amit Degvekar and Rajesh Bangera, arrested in connection with journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder, were sent to police custody for ten days.

Andure is one of the two assailants who allegedly shot and killed rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar near Omkareshwar Bridge in Shaniwar peth on August 20, 2013.

Andure’s lawyer Sameer Patwardhan in his submissions before the court said that earlier the investigating agency had named Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar as the assailants of Dabholkar. Both of them are at large and now the agency has alleged that he was murdered by Andure and Kalaskar. Patwardhan argued that it has been five years since Dabholkar’s murder and the police action has been taken under judicial pressure. He argued against further police custody of Andure and Kalaskar.

CBI counsel Vinay Kumar Dhakane told the court that Amit Digvekar stayed for 15 years in a Goa ashram and was in touch with Virendra Tawade. Besides, Bangera has trained Sachin and Sharad .Bangera was also the personal secretary of a Congress MLA, Dhakane said.

Andure’s custody ended on Saturday after which he was produced before the court. Degvekar and Bangera are currently in CBI custody after their arrest by the Karnataka State Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Earlier on Friday, a CBI team took Sachin Andure to Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge near Omkareshwar temple to recreate the murder scene.

Andure was taken near the spot where Dabholkar was shot dead. Dabholkar was murdered on August 20, 2013 while he was on a morning walk. The CBI has named Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, arrested by the state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) in the Nalasopara arms haul case, as the two shooters in the gruesome murder.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 16:56 IST