CCTV on bus to Pune was not working,say police

The Mumbai Crime Branch’s probe into a possible Mumbai connection to the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar has hit a roadblock

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 8, 2014 3:35 pm

The Mumbai Crime Branch’s probe into a possible Mumbai connection to the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar has hit a roadblock,as it has found that the CCTV camera on the bus that Dabholkar took from Mumbai to Pune was not working. Apart from probing the possible Mumbai link,the Mumbai Crime Branch as well as the

Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) have been providing assistance to the Pune police in terms of manpower and material resources wherever needed.

“Dabholkar had taken a bus from Mumbai to Pune and we were trying to ascertain if his killers were also on the same bus. The Pune

police have already prepared sketches of the assailants based on eyewitness descriptions and CCTV footage of cameras around the scene of the crime.

However,we could not ascertain if the same two men were on the bus,as the CCTV camera aboard the bus was not working,” said an officer with the Mumbai Crime Branch.

A day before his murder,Dabholkar had come to the office of a television channel in Worli to give an interview. Based on the professional manner in which the murder was executed,the Mumbai Crime Branch had suspected that Dabholkar’s killers

had followed him from Mumbai after he left,kept a watch on his movements and struck the next morning while he was taking a walk near the Omkareshwar temple in Pune.

An ATS official said that the investigation was heading in the right direction and that the culprits were expected to be nabbed soon.

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