With various units of the Maharashtra Police failing to make a breakthrough, the probe into veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare’s murder has now been transferred to a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal said, “The state government has constituted an SIT to probe the case. The decision was taken around three days ago.”
The SIT would be headed by IPS officer Sanjay Kumar.
On February 16, the 81-year-old activist was gunned down outside his house in Sagar Mala locality of Kolhapur city. He succumbed to his injuries five days later in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital.
Last week, a special team from the Mumbai Police Crime Branch had revisited the crime spot after it came across numerous ‘suspicious’ calls made within a 5-km radius of the crime scene. The team verified these calls but has returned empty handed as those were made by people either known to the victim or who had nothing to do with the murder.
“There were certain calls that the team found suspicious owing to the timing and frequencies. After receiving the details from the service provider, a team was sent to question them. We did not find anything amiss,” a senior police officer told The Indian Express.
Even the Anti-Terrorism Squad and the Pune police have failed to get any headway in the case.
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