Mumbai/Pune: A special court in Mumbai, on Monday, granted custody of accused Sharad Kalaskar of Aurangabad to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in connection with the murder case of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar. CBI has already arrested his accomplice, Sachin Andure, also from Aurangabad.
According to CBI, Andure and Kalaskar had shot dead Dabholkar around 7.20 am in August 2013 on the bridge between Omkareshwar Temple and Balgandharv Auditorium. The ATS had arrested Kalaskar for allegedly planning bomb blasts in various parts of the State along with his accomplices. During interrogation, he told officials about his involvement in Dabholkar’s murder. He had also named Andure, following which, the CBI arrested Andure on August 18.
Earlier on Saturday, CBI had informed Pune court about two suspects in Gauri Lankesh’s murder case, who played an active role in the murder of Dabholkar.
CBI has arrested Rajesh Degwekar (38) and Amit Bangera (50), who were earlier arrested in the Lankesh case. On Saturday, they were produced before the court here along with earlier arrested accused 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.
The agency further informed the court that Degwekar, a resident of the Sanatan Sanstha Ashram in Ponda, Goa, had done the recce of places where Dabholkar used to go and informed the shooters about his activities.