However, officials are a bit perplexed as the account communicated by the duo contradicts the narrative of witnesses. The persons detained belong to a gang and had ostensibly taken a ‘supari’ to execute the killing, sources said.
The suspects have told interrogators that they came to Omkareshwar bridge on the morning of August 20 riding a two-wheeler where they met a person in an SUV who handed them some money and weapons, and left. The suspects, however, are saying that after getting the articles they shot Dr Dabholkar from close range and took off towards Balgandharva auditorium on thebike.
“This version seems misleading, as witnesses have said that after shooting at the victim, the assailants ran towards their bike, which was parked at the corner of the bridge near a police chowkie, and sped away towards Shaniwar Peth that is in the opposite direction of Balgandharva,” an officer said. Cops said that interrogation is still on, and the suspects have not revealed the name of the person who had given them the ‘supari’.
Incidentally, rural police had detained two other suspects in the case a few days ago and they too had reportedly confessed to the crime. But, after hearing their version of the murder, interrogators were left scratching their heads.
The duo told cops that on the day they came to the bridge and saw Dr Dabholkar alighting from an SUV. They then started following him on the footpath where they shot him and his driver, and then fled the scene.
‘Stop following us’
Meanwhile, members of Rashtra Seva Dal yesterday complained to commissioner of police Gulabrao Pol that cops are unreasonably keeping watch on their programmes and members after the murder and demanded that this ‘pointless’ inquiry against their associates be stopped.