A special investigation team (SIT) formed to probe the sensational murder of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare on Saturday released the sketch of the suspects.
At a press conference in Kolhapur on Saturday, Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who is heading the SIT investigating the Pansare murder case, released the sketches of the assailants.
Kumar said the sketches were prepared as per description given by some witnesses and images obtained from CCTV cameras. Four sketches have been released considering different possibilities like assailants wearing cap, having beard and without beard.
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Early this year, two-motorcycle borne assailants followed Govind Pansare and his wife Uma Pansare while they were on a morning walk near their residence in Ideal society at Sagarmal in Kolhapur and shot them.
The two were later admitted to a hospital. While Uma, who was shot in the head and had a fracture in her skull, recovered after surgery, Pansare was shifted to Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai, where he succumbed to injuries on February 20.
Investigation over the last three months has failed to throw any more clues about the identity and location of the suspects. The motive behind the killing is also yet to be established.
According to the police, the assailants, speaking in Marathi, had enquired with Uma about some address. One of them is also suspected to have used abusive words for Pansare before opening fire at him. Police believe the assailants could be having local links.
Pansare’s murder had striking similarities with the killing of noted anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. Dabholkar too was shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants during his morning walk on the bridge adjoining the Omkareshwar temple in Pune on August 20, 2013.
Investigation in the Dabholkar murder case was later handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which recently released sketches of suspects in the case.