Around 50 days after the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar,the police said they were still working on important clues in the case and the investigation was now focused on some crucial links.
Dabholkar (69),the founder president of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS),was murdered on August 20 on Omkareshwar Bridge.
The police have till now questioned over 2,000 criminals on police records,checked over 110 CCTV footage and recorded statements of over 100 people,who regularly visit the area for morning walks. Officials have also checked records of criminals,including those who are absconding or out on bail or parole. The case is being investigated by 20 teams of the Pune city police. They are assisted by 14 teams of other units of the state police.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (crime branch) Rajendra Bhamre said,We are working on some important clues and have concentrated our probe on specific links.
Information received during the probe led to the arrest of a man,who was accused in an eight-year-old gangrape case but was on the run.
During investigation,constable Manik Pawar of Unit IV of the crime branch received information about Ibrahim Shaikh,who was wanted in the gangrape case of a speech-impaired minor girl. A team from the crime branch arrested him on October 9.
The police said Shaikh and his accomplice Sandip Shedge had allegedly gangraped the victim on July 6 in 2005 near a college in Yerawada area.
ACP Rajendra Bhamare,who is the investigating officer in the Dabholkar murder case,said,The probe has helped us crack several other cases.
The probe has revealed several flaws in record keeping of the police across the state and has also helped build a database of criminals on police records and their present status.