The police are looking for over 200 criminals who have gone untraceable after they were released from jails on parole. The move is an attempt to get more clues about the killers of Dr Narendra Dabholkar. The investigators also held a meeting of retired police officers known for their network of informers,seeking their help in solving the case.
Meanwhile,family members of Dabholkar had a meeting with Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol on Wednesday. Pol said the police asked Dabholkars kin if they have doubts on any person or group. Family members told us that Dabholkar did not have any dispute with anyone. He was always open for a dialogue, said Pol.
Hamid,Dabholkars son,said,We would not be satisfied till the assailants are arrested and justice is done. We suspect the role of fundamentalist organisation and those whose interests were hurt because of the anti-superstition movement. But we cannot name anyone now as police are investigating the case.
Meanwhile,Pol reiterated that Dabholkars murder could be supari killing. The murder was well-planned. The location (Omkareshwar bridge) was strategic. There were not many persons at the crime scene. Also,there were multiple ways to escape from the crime scene. Murderers ensured that no evidence is left back. So we suspect it was a supari killing. We have quizzed about 200 criminals in Pune and about 700 in rest of Maharashtra,but so far we have got nothing concrete. Our teams have questioned gangsters in jails. Those criminals out on bail or parole are also being questioned. Search for those who jumped parole is also on, he said.
CCTV camera footage are being checked. Dabholkar came to Shivajinagar from Mumbai in the early hours of August 20. He reached Shivajinagar around 1.45 am on August 20. A CCTV footage near by shows that he took an autorickshaw. So the police also questioned a few autorickshaw drivers,but no lead was obtained.
Meanwhile,the police have released the sketch of Dabholkars killer,prepared on basis of description given by an eyewitness. An eyewitness told cops that number of the motorcycle on which assailants fled was 7756.
The police are also waiting for the ballistic report of empty and live cartridges obtained from the crime scene. We are probing if these cartridges tally with any other murder, said Pol. The state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) is also helping the Pune police in investigation.
Meanwhile,DCP (crime) Rajesh Bansode said,We have questioned about 96 persons who come for morning walk near the spot where murder took place. There is a possibility that assailants changed the number plate of motorcycle before committing murder. We have questioned about 68 number plate makers in the city. There are 23 teams probing the case. We are sure of cracking the case,but no time frame can be stated as of now.
No concrete clue yet,says Chavan
MUMBAI: Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday the police were yet to find any concrete clue in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case. The police have still not found any concrete clue. However,investigations are on. Nineteen teams of the police are investigating the matter, said Chavan. The CM also said that the state ATS has also been roped in to investigate the social activists murder.
He had called for eco-friendly Ganesh festival
The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) Wednesday issued the last press release that was signed by Dabholkar. It appeals for an eco-friendly Ganesh festival. This press release was supposed to be issued during Dabholkars press conference scheduled on August 20. But he was murdered on the same day.
Now,pledging to take his movement forward,Avinash Patil,MANS executive president held a press meet at the office of Sadhana magazine in Sadashiv Peth on Wednesday. Dabholkar was urging for the use of eco-friendly material and colours to make Ganesh idols, he said.
Patil said the MANS has been following this issue for the last 20 years. High Court,Central Pollution Control Board,state government,environment department have issued orders for use of eco- friendly material for making Ganesh idols. But its implementation is not effective, he said.
The BJP-led Nagpur municipal corporation banned Ganesh idols made of plaster of Paris. Now,the Satara municipal corporation is also set to take a similar decision. Plaster of Paris blocks the sources of water. We appeal for use of idols made of eco-friendly materials like shadu mati, he said.