Pune: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday informed a Pune court about two suspects in Gauri Lankesh case, who played an active role in the murder of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.
CBI has arrested Rajesh Degwekar (38) and Amit Bangera (50), who were earlier arrested in Lankesh murder case. On Saturday, they were produced before the court here along with earlier arrested accused Sachin Prakashrao Andure.
According to CBI, Bangera, a government employee and PA to a Congress MLC in Karnataka, gave firearms training for the murders. He had given training to shooters at five locations in Karnataka and Maharashtra. On the other hand, Degwekar did a recce and kept watch on Dabholkar and also informed the shooters about his activities.
CBI said that Andure and Sharad Kalaskar (who is in Maharashtra ATS custody) had shot dead Dabholkar around 7.20 am on August 20, 2013, on the bridge between Omkareshwar Temple and Balgandharva Auditorium.
The CBI sought custody of Bangera to find out who supplied the country-made pistol which was used to murder Dabholkar.
The agency further informed the court that Degwekar, a resident of the Sanatan Sanstha ashram in Ponda in Goa, had done a recce of places where Dabholkar used to go and informed the shooters about his activities.
Defence lawyer Samir Patwardhan opposed the police custody demand on the ground that CBI in its charge sheet against Dr Virendra Tawde, the agency has said that Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar, who are said to be absconding, had shot Dabholkar.
After hearing both sides, Judicial Magistrate (First Class) RR Bhalgat remanded Bangera and Degwekar to the CBI custody till September 10 and sent Andure to the judicial custody.
CBI also informed the court that they are seeking custody of Amol Kale from Karnataka police, who is the third accused in Lankesh murder case, who is also one of the main conspirators in Dabholkar murder case.