Records show Andure absent at work on day Narendra Dabholkar was killed

The attendance book can be “crucial evidence” in court against Andure, said a CBI official requesting anonymity.

pune Updated: Sep 03, 2018 14:42 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times, Pune
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CBI team brings Sachin Andure (in mask), accused in the Dabholkar murder case, at Maharishi Vitthal Ramji Shinde Bridge near Omkareshwar temple, Shaniwar peth where Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune, on Friday, August 31, 2018. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Sachin Andure, one of the alleged shooters in the murder of Pune rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013, was absent from his workplace on the day- August 20 - the rationalist was murdered, the attendance register of the garment store in Aurangabad where he was working shows.

The Central bureau of investigation (CBI), probing the case, has recovered the attendance register which shows, Andure, 26, had taken leave on August 20, 2013. A day before Dabholkar’s murder, on August 19, 2013, Andure did not come to work as it was his weekly off, as per the records.

Andure’s employer Dilipkumar Saboo said, “I don’t exactly remember for what reason Andure was on leave that day, but the attendance book shows he was absent. Once we found the book, we gave it to the CBI.”

Saboo owns the garment shop in Nirala bazaar, Aurangabad, where Andure has been working for the past 10 years.

According to records, Andure also went on leave on August 8, 9 and 25, 2013. The Hindustan Times has a copy of the attendance record.

The attendance book can be “crucial evidence” in court against Andure, said a CBI official requesting anonymity. CBI counsel Vijaykumar Dhakane said he is not authorised to speak to the media in this case.

Besides Andure, CBI has arreated Amit Digvekar and Rajesh Bangera, the two suspects in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder, into Dabholkar case. The federal agency is also probing if the pistol recovered from Andure’s friend in Aurangabad was used in Lankesh and Dabholkar case. The pistol has been sent for ballistic examination.

CBI has accused Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, another suspect in the case, of being the two assailants who shot Dabholkar dead. The duo came to Pune on a motorbike and fired two bullets each at Dabholkar near Omkareshwar bridge, Shaniwar peth, while he was returning home from his morning walk. Dabholkar succumbed on the spot.

Andure’s wife Sheetal and elder brother Pravin have claimed that the agency has falsely implicated him in the case. “The CBI was under pressure from the high court, as the court had given the investigators a deadline. Under that pressure, they implicated my husband,” alleged Sheetal.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 12:08 IST