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The family of murdered communist leader Govind Pansare has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, requesting him to hand over the investigation from the Maharashtra Police to the CBI.
“It was expected that the SIT would work hard with transparency and come to a logical conclusion of this investigation. However, it has been observed that the SIT has completely stopped functioning…,” says the letter signed by wife Uma Pansare and daughter-in-law Megha Pansare.
The letter says a number of investigating officers have been transferred in quick succession.
“This sensitive case has been handled by relatively young officers who have been in service for barely three to four years. We are under the impression that the SIT and the Maharashtra Police are not serious about the investigations,” it says.
The letter has also requested the CM to depute government officers from Kolhapur to assist the CBI.
“We hope you will consider our request immediately and hand over the investigation from Maharashtra Police to CBI,” the letter states.
The family also claimed that in spite of them requesting the SIT team to visit the Sanatan Sanstha’s ashram in Goa, the officers had not done so.
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“Initially, the link between the murder of Com. Pansare and Dr Narendra Dabholkar was not clear. However, in the course of investigation, the link between not only the two murders but also the third murder of Mr. Kalburgi in Karnataka can be seen prima facie,” the letter states.
Two persons had opened fire on Pansare and Uma when the couple was returning home from a morning walk in Kolhapur on February 16. Pansare died four days later in a Mumbai hospital. On September 16, the SIT arrested Sanstha member Samir Gaikwad as a suspect, based on electronic surveillance of his cellphone calls. He was booked under sections 302, 307, 206, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Arms Act.