The murder weapon and motorcycle used for the assassination of Maharashtra rationalist, Narendra Dabholkar in 2013 and CPI leader Govind Pansare two years later have been found to be the same by the CBI, according to a report in Indian Express.
The ballistics report has confirmed that the same weapon was used in both the crimes. The agency will submit a report on the cases to the Bombay High Court soon.
On August 20, 2013, Dabholkar was shot several times by two assailants on a motorcycle outside his house in Pune. A similar modus operandi was used to kill Pansare on February 20, 2015 when he was returning home with his wife, in Kolhapur.
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti chief Virendra Tawde was recently arrested in connection with the murders. He is reportedly the key conspirator in the murders. Police are still looking for the black Honda Splendor motorcycle owned him used to carry out both assassinations.
“While our probe has indicated that the same bike was used in the two murders, the accused never revealed what happened to the bike after it was used in the Pansare case. We suspect that the wanted accused may have disposed of the bike but we are still trying to recover it,” a senior officer told The Indian Express.
“With the Kolhapur police now taking Tawde’s custody, we hope they probe him at length on this angle,” the officer said.
The Karnataka CID has also sought Tawde’s custody in connection with the murder of social activist MM Kalburgi, reported The Indian Express. The CBI is waiting for the bullet shells recovered from the murder spot of Karnataka social activist M M Kalburgi and will send all these to Scotland Yard for a final opinion. Recently, the CBI also questioned Tawde’s wife.