No clues yet,police compile complaints filed by MANS

The city police have started compiling data of complaints lodged by the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samini (MANS) to get leads into the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar,who was the founder president of the organisation

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: September 4, 2013 1:19 am

The city police have started compiling data of complaints lodged by the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samini (MANS) to get leads into the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar,who was the founder president of the organisation.

Police are probing the possibility of involvement of those against whom MANS had lodged complaints in the past.

Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Shahji Solunkhe said information on complaints lodged at different police stations is being sought. MANS had filed three such complaints against bogus doctors and conmen at Khadak,Kondhwa and Vishrambag police stations in Pune.

Meanwhile,the police said Dabholkar’s murder was a contract killing and the assailants may have got some local help.

Investigations have revealed that Dabholkar came to Shivajinagar from Mumbai in the early hours of August 20. He reached Shivajinagar around 1.45 am and went to Shaniwar Peth in an autorickshaw,where he stayed in an apartment.

He left the apartment early morning for exercising. A CCTV footage shows that two persons came near Omkareshwar bridge around 6.15 am on a motorcycle. They parked the vehicle,followed Dabholkar for some time and then shot him dead around 7.15 am.

The eyewitness told cops that after killing him,the assailants walked towards their motorcycle parked near Shaniwar Peth police chowkie and fled. Police suspect it was a well-planned murder and the assailants are “contract killers”.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Bansode said according to the new eyewitness,the second suspect was around 25 to 28 years old,wore a cap and had long hair.

The police are awaiting the ballistic report of the bullets recovered from the crime scene. Police suspect that the assailants shot at least three bullets at Dabholkar from point blank range.

The police have so far checked 110 CCTV footages and said the assailants are visible in seven clips obtained from different locations. However,the images are blurred and the videos have been sent to a laboratory in UK for further analysis. Police said they are expecting a report within four days.

Meanwhile,the police said they are yet to confirm the motive behind the murder. Also,the persons or organisation behind the murder are not known yet.

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