Pune : The Police have made no headway in the killing of Narendra Dabholkar, even five days after the rationalist was shot dead.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj admitted as much on Sunday: he told reporters investigations had not led to any arrests though the police had obtained some clues. Chavan said apart from nabbing the assailants, it was also important to find out the elements behind the dastardly attack.
There are 19 crack teams on the job and none other than Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal is reviewing the progress of the investigations.
CCTV footage obtained from one of the cameras installed at Shanivar Vada Chowk in Pune clearly shows two assailants riding a motorbike at a speed of less than 10 km/hour in the area where the activist was shot. The footage shows Dabholkar walking on the bridge and the assailants stopping the motorcycle and shooting at him with a 7.6 bore pistol on his right temple and chest. The second footage obtained by the police shows the assailants speeding away on the motorcycle at 60 km/hour.
According to the police, the assailants had studied Dabholkar’s routine in detail before deciding the time and place of crime. Dabholkar stayed in Pune for two days — Monday and Tuesday — in a week. While in Pune he religiously followed his morning walk schedule. A day before his murder, Dabholkar reached Pune at 2.30 am after appearing on a show on Doordarshan.
Despite arriving late, he did not skip his morning walk and his assailants got a chance to go after him.
Accusing the Maharashtra government of laxity, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said it was bent on “maligning” the image of Hindu organisations by linking them to the killing.