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Cops want CBI or CID to take over probe

After failing to make any headway in the Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case, some crime branch officials are of the opinion that the case should be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Over the last two weeks, cops have miserably failed to establish concrete leads about the motive of the murder or reach satisfactory conclusion in the case. A crime branch officer involved in the investigation process, on condition of anonymity, said that the case should be transferred to CID or CBI, as the case is quite difficult to crack.

He added that there are more than 20 teams working relentlessly and all the police stations in the city, the rural police and other units have also sprung into action, however, even this has not yielded much results. “If the case goes to CBI, it would be good,” he admitted.

When the reporter contacted the Additional Commissioner Of Police (Crime) Shahaji Solunke, he said that the teams are working round the clock to solve the case and there is no point in transferring the case to the investigating agencies. Dousing speculations, he added that the authorities have not even thought of replacing the investigating officer in the case. Assistant Commissioner Of Police (Crime I) Rajendra Bhamre is the main investigating officer.

All bullets from one weapon
The crime branch on Wednesday received the ballistic report of the bullets used to gun down Dabholkar and the empty cartridges show that all four bullets were fired from the same weapon. Bhamare said that they had recovered four empty cartridges and two live cartridges from the murder spot and these were sent to a lab to acquire the ballistic report.

“All four bullets were fired from one weapon and it seems that the weapon is a country make,’ he said. Bhamare pointed out that 18 (Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti) MANS meeting were held in the state at various locations to expose self acclaimed god men and quacks and the cops are analysing minutes of these meetings.

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