Dabholkar murder case: Main accused remanded in CBI custody

PUNE: The alleged main shooter arrested in the Narendra Dabholkar killing case received ‘shooting training’ at various places in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Central Bureau of Investigation told a court in Pune on Sunday.

Andure, a resident of Aurangabad, was nabbed from Pune, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson said earlier.

The entire conspiracy was hatched by Dr Virendra Tawde along with this accused and this (conspiracy) needs to be unearthed for which his custodial interrogation is needed,” the CBI counsel told the court.

He was believed to be one of the shooters who fired at Dabholkar while he was on morning walk on the Onkareshwar Bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013, the CBI spokesperson said.

Dr. Dabholkar’s kin have continually expressed grave reservations about the sluggish pace of the investigation and State government’s apathetic attitude towards the case.

The Bombay High Court’s recent pulling up of the agencies for their tardy progress might have spurred them to action,” commented Dr. Hamid Dabholkar the slain rationalist’s son said.