Mumbai: On the second anniversary of the killing of anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar, the Maharashtra government today decided to depute a seven-member police team to assist the CBI which is probing the case.

"This 7-member team which will assist CBI in Narendra Dabholkar murder case comprises one Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), four Police Inspectors and two Police Sub Inspectors," Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here today.

He said the decision has been taken as per CBI's demand of additional manpower from the state government. The investigation agency had recently sought help from police officials who have worked on the case.

"The officials will assist the CBI for three months or till the case is cracked," Fadnavis added. Dabholkar, a noted rationalist and founder of the Andhshradda Nirmulan Samiti (ANS) was gunned down on August
20,2013 in Pune by unidentified gunmen.

The state police had failed to trace the culprits and the case was handed over to CBI. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena spokesperson and legislator Neelam Gorhe met the Chief Minister and sought expediting the investigation into the murder of Dabholkar and CPI veteran Govind Pansare.

Gorhe said Fadnavis assured her that his government is committed to bringing the culprits to book. "He (Fadnavis) also told me that the state police will provide all assistance to the CBI in the Dabholkar case," she

This morning, in Pune, activists of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti took out a march and the march was led by Dabholkar's son Hamid and daughter Mukta.