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PUNE CITY POLICE CONSTITUTE SIT TO PROBE DR. DABHOLKAR MURDER CASE

Existing team disbanded, new police officers from different wings of state police entrusted with the task of detection…

BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent

PUNE: The Pune Police have constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate Dr. Narendra Dabholkar murder case afresh. Interestingly, the new team comprises of officers from different units of the state police who have been given the mandate to detect the case. Pune Police Commissioner Satish Mathur said that the new team has been constituted and already on the job to probe into the case.  “They have been given the mandate to detect the case and the work is already in full swing,” he said.

Anti-superstition activist and Dr. Narendra Dabholkar (65) was shot dead by two youth on a motorcycle on the Omkareshwar bridge near Pune’s Shaniwar Peth area while he was on a morning walk on Aug 20 last year. The gunmen fired three rounds and fled. Dabholkar received one bullet in the head and died instantly.

The family members of Dr. Dabholkar led by his son Hamid had expressed displeasure at the manner in which the city police carried out investigations into the case. He had stated that despite passage of seven months after his father’s murder, the city police were not in a position to tell the family what transpired in the first hour after the anti-superstition crusader was shot. The family had said that they wanted the investigation to be carried out under a court’s supervision but the state government was not accepting their demand.

A team of Pune city police had earlier detained a sadhak (disciple) of the right-wing Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha’s in Goa in connection with the murder of eminent anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar. The sadhak has been identified as Sandeep Shinde (31), who belongs to Pune and lived in Goa for the past four years. In 2009, Shinde was questioned in Margao blast of Goa.

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