A Karnataka CID team is in Maharashtra to seek Sanatan Sanstha member Dr Virendra Tawde’s custody in connection with the 2015 murder of rationalist M M Kalburgi in the north Karnataka town of Dharwad.
The team, comprising two DSP-rank officers, was sent earlier this week after a CBI probe pointed to Tawde’s alleged involvement in the murder of two rationalists in Maharashtra — Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on August 20, 2013, and Govind Pansare in Kolhapur on February 16, 2015. Tawde was arrested by the CBI two weeks ago.
The Maharashtra SIT obtained his custody in the Pansare murder case Monday, and the Karnataka CID is likely to seek it next, said sources. With Tawde complaining of ill-health after his arrest, the CID has so far been unable to question him.
“We will have to wait for a few more days to see what emerges. It is still a little premature,’’ said CID sources regarding Tawde’s link to the Kalburgi murder.
Karnataka CID had not taken in custody Sanatan Sanstha member, Sameer Gaikwad, who was earlier arrested by the Maharashtra SIT in the Pansare murder case. The CID had questioned Gaikwad in Maharashtra along with other agencies, but it had decided not to probe him further in custody after finding nothing to link him to the Kalburgi murder.
In Tawde’s case, CID sources familiar with CBI’s probe said: “It has been found that one group is involved in three killings, but the individuals who carried out the three shootings may be different.”