October 6, 2016 12:23:00 am
The chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Dr Virendrasinh Tawde, the arrested accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, describes how he allegedly started focusing on Dabholkar and the Anti-Superstition Bill.
The CBI had arrested Tawde, a Sanatan Sanstha ‘seeker’ in the Dabholkar murder case on June 10. CBI also named Sanatan ‘seekers’ Vinay Pawar, who is missing since 2009 and Akolkar, who is absconding in the October 2009 Goa blasts case, as prime suspects. A red corner notice was issued against Akolkar in July 2012. CBI claims that Akolkar and Pawar are the two persons who shot Dabholkar dead on August 20, 2013 at around 7.25 pm on the Omkareshwar bridge in Pune.
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The chargesheet states that Tawde was born in Satara in 1968. His father was an employee at the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. He did his schooling in Thane and Kolhapur and MBBS from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, then a post-graduate course in ENT at Sion hospital in 1995. He also did DLO from Sion Hospital and DORL from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai. He married Dr Nidhi Verma, who was also doing MBBS at Grant Medical College, in 1995. The same year, he shifted to Kolhapur and did private practice till 2001, the chargesheet states. In 1998, Tawde attended a public discourse of Sanatan Sanstha founder Jayant Athavale in Kolhapur, and was impressed with his speech. Tawde was associated with various activities of Sanatan Sanstha in 2003 and remained in Kolhapur till 2005, where he was the co-ordinator of Sanatan Sanstha. In 2004, the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS) started activities in Kolhapur in which Tawde participated.
Claiming that Tawde had “personal differences/animosity” with Dabholkar, CBI has mentioned a few incidents since 2002 when he opposed Dabholkar.
“Investigation revealed that Dr Durgesh Samant, a fellow specialist allopathic doctor (MD) and National Spokesperson of HJS instructed Tawde on July 8, 2007 through email to leave all other assignments of HJS and concentrate on the proposed Anti Superstition Bill 2005,” the chargesheet states.
The chargesheet mentioned that Tawde then withdrew himself from the “over ground” activities of HJS in Kolhapur and started work on his new responsibility — “centered around Anti Superstition Bill and Dabholkar”.
Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar of Sanatan Sanstha said, “Working against the Anti-Superstition Bill does not mean planning Dabholkar’s murder. It was an ideological and legal battle. So to say that Tawde is a murderer without any evidence is wrong.”
But investigators say that Tawde, who had shifted to Panvel, arrived in Kolhapur along with Akolkar in 2013 to meet
Sanjay Sadvilkar, seeking his help in procuring firearms. Sadvilkar had accompanied Tawde in opposing Dabholkar in 2002.
According to the CBI, an email conversation between Tawde and Akolkar in April, 2009, reveals that the duo were discussing in code language about procurement of firearms. Sadvilkar, a key witness in this case, claims that Akolkar had approached him with a country-made pistol and revolver and requested that he make replicas of them.
“Two witnesses from Pune have identified photograph of assailant”
CBI has named six witnessed from Pune in the chargesheet who were present near the bridge when the crime took place. The chargesheet states that one of them was standing in the balcony of his house on the second floor, located 200 metres from the murder spot. He saw two assailants fleeing away from the spot on their motorcycle parked near the police chowk near the bridge. Another witness is a businessman who was on a morning walk on the bridge and witnessed the entire crime and then rushed to the chowk to inform the police.
The chargesheet mentions that these two witnesses have identified Vinay Pawar as one of the assailants who fired at Dabholkar. “The same person (Vinay Pawar) was earlier sent by Tawde at the workshop of Sadvilkar for some recce purpose in May/June 2013, as revealed in the statement of Sadvilkar. Akolkar is another suspected assailant who fired at Dabholkar. One of the sketch resembled as that of Akolkar, as stated by Sadvilkar (sic),” it is stated. CBI alleges that a black motorcycle used in the crime belongs to Tawde. The chargesheet states that Sadvilkar and his employee Navnath Jadhav have identified Pawar’s photograph.
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