CBI makes its first arrest three years after Dabholkar’s murder



In a major breakthrough, the CBI on 10 June arrested a member of the Sanatan Sanstha an affiliate of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Virendra Tawde, a doctor by profession, from Panvel in connection with Narendra Dabholkar’s murder.

Tawde will be produced before a special court at 3pm in Pune on 11 June. This is the first arrest made by the CBI three years after Dabhokar’s murder.

The Janajagruti Samiti is linked to Goa-based radical Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha, which had come under the scanner for the murder of another rationalist Govind Pansare in February 2015.

It may be recalled that Dabhokar’s murder in full public view had brought certain right-wing groups and activists under police scanner. Tawde Tawade is a ENT specialist has been working with the organisation for 15 to 20 years.

In the past few days, the investigating agency had been questioning Tawade to investigate his role in Dabholkar murder case. Tawade was also in contact through emails with Sarang Akolkar, another Sanstha activist, who is absconding with a Red Corner Notice (RCN) issued by the Interpol against him in the Goa blast case of 2009.