Pune, Aug 19 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested the main shooter who allegedly killed Maharashtra rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in 2013.
The official sources of CBI on Sunday said that “ Sachin Prakashrao Andure of Aurangabad is one of the two persons who shot at Dr Dabholkar.”
Five years after the murder of Dr Dabholkar, the CBI and Maharashtra ATS have claimed to have made a breakthrough with the arrest of Andure from Aurangabad last night.
Andure was allegedly one of the shooters who fired at Dr Narendra Dabholkar. Investigation is continuing,” the CBI said in a press release. According to sources, information leading to the arrest came from the interrogation of Sharad Kalaskar, arrested by the ATS last week with two other members of radical Hindu outfits for allegedly planning to carry out attacks in five cities in Maharashtra.
A senior ATS official said Kalaskar told his interrogators that he had played an active role in Dabholkar’s murder. He reportedly claimed that he and Andure were the shooters.
“The duo also arranged for the motorcycle used in the murder of the rationalist. Andure was summoned and, after he confessed to the crime, he was handed over to the CBI,” said the ATS official here on Sunday.
Sources said the CBI would seek Kalaskar’s custody later. The arrest comes days after the Bombay High Court pulled up the CBI and the SIT probing the murder of CPI leader Govind Pansare for the shoddy investigation into the murders of Dabholkar and Pansare. Dabholkar was shot outside his Pune residence on August 20, 2013, by two assailants on a motorcycle. A murder case was registered by the Pune police, and the investigation was handed over to the CBI in May 2014.