Pune: The second accused arrested in the murder case of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was arrested by CBI and was produced in court on Sunday, was sent to CBI custody till August 26. Sachin Prakasrao Andure, a resident of Aurangabad, was arrested on Saturday by the CBI and produced before the court of Special Judge AS Mujumdar.
As per CBI officials, he is believed to be one of the shooters, who fired at Dabholkar while he was on a morning walk on the Onkareshwar Bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013. Andure was produced in Shivajinagar court amidst unprecedented security in the afternoon. Media professionals were barred from carrying their mobile phones in the courtroom. Police officials asked media professionals to deposit their mobiles with the city police team outside the court and said that there were strict orders not to allow mobiles inside the courtroom.
Andure’s name cropped up during the interrogation of Sharad Kalaskar, who was recently arrested by the State Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) in the arms case. The ATS had arrested Kalaskar along with Vaibhav Raut from Nallasopara in Thane and Sudhwana Gondalekar from Pune on August 10 for allegedly planning major terrorist activities in different parts of the State.
The CBI counsel in his submission before the court stated that Sachin Prakashrao Andure is one of the two shooters, who shot at Dr Dabholkar at Omkareshwar Bridge in the city. The entire conspiracy hatched by Dr Virendrasinh Tawde along with the accused and others has to be unearthed for which the custodial interrogation in police custody is required and, hence, the officials demanded 14 days police custody. However, Judge Mujumdar granted only seven days of police custody. The CBI counsel submitted to the court that there was a need to take the accused to the places he had learnt pistol firing and training in arms in Maharashtra and Karnataka and find out details about who provided the materials to him to carry out the murder and unearth the conspiracy.
Earlier, the CBI has submitted to the court that based on sketches of the suspects, the shooters appeared similar to Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar, who are currently absconding.
Advocate Prakash Salsingikar representing Andure, said that this is a new theory of CBI in the case. “Earlier CBI said that Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar are the two shooters involved in the murder case and now they are claiming Sachin is the one who shot Dabholkar which is contradictory. Andure was asked to sign on various documents by the CBI, which he is unaware of,” added Prakash. CBI is trying to find out if Sachin is linked to Hindu radical organisations.
Sachin’s brother Pravin Andure, who was present in court, said that his brother is in no way linked to any violence. “I have full confidence in my brother that he cannot be guilty of any such action, the CBI is trying to frame my brother,” added Pravin.
He said that Sachin has completed his studies in Masters of Commerce and worked in the field of accounting.
Sachin married Sheetal, his college friend, one and half years ago and they have a six-month-old child. Sheetal said “The CBI had a deadline to arrest a suspect and show it as the High Court has reprimanded the agency for its slow-paced investigation. The CBI has arrested him without proof and has framed him in the case,” she said.
“We belong to a poor family and after our parents passed away in 2006, we stay separately. I was informed about my brother’s arrest from one of my friends,” added Pravin.
Meanwhile, CBI has also detained a former Shiv Sena corporator in connection with the killing of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra’s Jalna district, on Saturday night. The Maharashtra government had earlier announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh each on information related to the fugitive Vinay Pawar and Sarang Akolkar who are on the run.