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Dabholkar murder case: No breakthrough yet, say cops

Pune police officials, yesterday, vehemently denied media reports related to the ‘breakthrough’ in the murder of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.

Investigations are still on and we haven’t taken any suspects into custody, senior police officials clarified.


Police inaction rally: Mukta Dabholkar, daughter of the slain anti-superstition activist, Narendra Dabholkar, and other activists took out a rally in Mumbai yesterday, to protest against the delay in arresting the persons involved in the murder.

The contradiction comes a day after Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s comments on Sunday, wherein he stated that investigative agencies had got clues about the identity of the suspects and that they would be nabbed soon.

69-year-old Dabholkar was actively spearheading the anti-superstition movement across the state before two assailants gunned him down in broad daylight when he was on a stroll near his residence on August 20. It has been more than 100 days since the incident and the city police have been unable to arrest the suspects involved in the murder.

Joint Commissioner of Police (L&O) Sanjeevkumar Singhal refused to comment on Sushilkumar Shinde’s statement. He, however, clarified that there was no breakthrough in the investigations as of now.

“The union minister has other investigative agencies reporting to him and in that regard I can’t comment further. As far as I know Pune city police have not taken any suspect into custody. Our investigations are still ongoing and we are verifying all angles,” Singhal told reporters.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shahaji Solunke said, “The persons taken into custody are for the murder of UoP security guard Jogdandkar. We are interrogating them to ascertain if they had any involvement in the Dabholkar murder. This is a routine procedure, as the arrested person is a big illegal arms dealer. He has supplied firearms to many people and we are investigating these dealings.” 

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