In a breakthrough to the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Maharashtra ATS on Saturday arrested Sachin Prakasrao Andure, the alleged main shooter who killed the Maharashtra’s rationalist in 2013, official sources said.
Andure, has been remanded to CBI custody till August 26, 2018 by Pune court on Sunday.
Andure was arrested on a tip-off from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which had recently arrested three persons for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to carry out blasts in the state.
One of the arrested accused gave the input about Andure’s involvement in Dabholkar’s murder, which the ATS shared with the CBI, the sources said.
Meanwhile, Shrikant Pangarkar, a former Shiv Sena corporator was detained on Saturday night in connection with the killing of Dabholkar, CBI sources said on Sunday.
Pangarkar, 40, was taken into custody after Andure told the CBI that he was with him at the time of Dabholkar’s murder, they said.
The former corporator was allegedly riding pillion on the motorcycle driven by Andure, the sources added.
Dabholkar, 67, a rationalist who founded the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants when he was out on a morning walk near his Pune home on August 20, 2013.
The murder case was transferred to the CBI from the Pune Police in 2014.
(With PTI inputs)