Pune police officers have now come up with a new idea of getting more clues on Dr Narendra Dabholkar’s murder. They have started doing morning walks at the crime spot.
It may sound a bit far fetched, but that is exactly what the police are doing and it has yielded some positive results too. After the Pune police commissioner declared a reward of Rs1lakh for providing information about the culprits, two senior citizens who found the police officials taking a morning walk on the spot approached them claiming to be eyewitness on Dabholkar’s murder. Their clues didn’t help, though.
Forty-eight hours have passed after the gruesome killing of anti-superstition crusader Dr Narendra Dabholkar but the city police are still clueless about his killers. Dr Dabholkar was shot at point blank range by two youths on Tuesday morning.
Additional commissioner (Crime) Shahaji Solunke said that the police were probing all the angles into the case and investigation of right wing organisations was one of them. Two senior office-bearers of Shivajinagar and Sadashiv Peth-based right wing organisations were summoned for an inquiry at the office of assistant commissioner (Crime) Rajendra Bhambare on Tuesday. The crime branch confirmed that they were called for inquiry but refused to give out their names.
ACP Bhambare, at a press briefing, said that four more witnesses had come forward corroborating the evidence which the police gathered to nail the youths. “We have found a Shivneri bus ticket from Dr Dabholkar as he had come from Mumbai. Some of the eyewitnesses had seen him in the bus too. He started from Dadar around 10.30pm and around 1.30 am on Tuesday, he got down at Shivajinagar bus stand. From the bus stand to the flat where he stayed, he had walked home alone, as usual. If the assailants were following him they could have killed him then,” said.
Bhambare added that they had CCTV camera footage in which the two youths were seen coming from Rambaug Road to Omareshkar.
“They parked their vehicle near the bridge. They were seen from 6.20 am. They have been seen for 45 minutes and their movements have been captured. After the murder they fled by the same road. We have examined nearly 49 vehicles. One team has gone to speak to Dr Dabholkar’s family members to record their statements and probe if they have any suspicions. Our team is scrutinising his diary, handsets to get more information.”
Another police officer said, “The crime branch officials also held a meeting with the Special Branch officials over the monitoring and generation of intelligence on radical outfits. The Intelligence Bureau (IB), Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officials too have been keeping a close tab on the developments.”
Besides the crime branch, parallel investigations are on by South Region police commissioner’s office with the help of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). A high level meeting was held under the guidance of additional commissioner (South Region) Chandrashekhar Daithankar on Thursday evening, the officer informed.
Was it a Professional killer?
After studying the post mortem report and ballastic investigations, police suspected that the murderer could be a professional. The two youths shot Dr Dabholkar diagonally from the behind. A bullet pierced below his skull, other on forehead and last one near right side of rib, they said.