Dabholkar Murder: Probe hits Marathi hurdle, seven-member state police team to assist CBIhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/dabholkar-murder-probe-hits-marathi-hurdle-seven-member-state-police-team-to-assist-cbi/

Dabholkar Murder: Probe hits Marathi hurdle, seven-member state police team to assist CBI

The officials are well versed with Marathi, deployment will also help solve manpower shortage faced by investigating agency.

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Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot in Pune on August 20, 2013.

With CBI officials probing the Narendra Dabholkar murder case facing problems due to lack of proficiency in the local language, they will now have to rely on the help extended by the state government.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Wednesday said the government had deputed a team of seven police officers to assist the CBI in the probe. The team led by Additional Commissioner of Police (Pune) G S Madgulkar will comprise police inspectors Satish Devre, Chandrakant Ghodke, Dinkar Kadam and Subash Chavan, and two assistant police inspectors.

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Rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, who campaigned against superstitions and blind faith, was shot dead on August 20, 2013, in Pune. Former home minister, the late R R Patil had ordered a CID probe in the matter.

Following protests from the then BJP-Shiv Sena opposition and failure of the police to nab the culprits, the case was handed over to the CBI in May 2014. The murder, however, remains unsolved.

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In the first week of August 2015, Fadnavis, who also holds the portfolio of home ministry, received a letter from the CBI, in which it had expressed problems faced due to shortage of manpower and also its officials’ lack of Marathi knowledge.

A senior officer in the CMO said, “The CBI had urged the state government to provide with officials who would be well-versed with Marathi, which was essential for interrogation.”

Responding to the letter, Fadnavis held a meeting with home department officials to shortlist the names for the team that will assist the CBI for the next three months or till the conclusion of the investigation. It was decided that the team would have one additional commissioner of police, four police inspectors and two assistant police inspectors.