HT  Pune, January 21, 2014

First Published: 09:49 IST(21/1/2014) | Last Updated: 09:51 IST(21/1/2014)

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the sensational murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Pune police said on Monday.

Additional commissioner of police S Solunke said Manish Nagori and Vikas Khandelwal were arrested. They were reportedly engaged in illegal sale of firearms.

The two accused are already under arrest in connection with other cases in Thane jail and Pune police were expected to seek their transfer remand to produce them in a city court, sources said.


Police refused to more details about the arrests except confirming it.

The two had earlier been interrogated by Pune Police in connection with the supply of the weapon used to murder a watchman of Pune university some months ago.

Confirmation of the arrests followed a meeting of a delegation of anti-superstition movement, which was led by Dabholkar’s daughter Mukta, with Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol on Monday, seeking details of progress in the investigation.

Dabholkar, who was in the forefront of anti-superstition movement in the state, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne unidentified assailants on August 20, when he was out for a morning walk on the Omkareshwar temple bridge in the city. Four shots were fired at him from close range by the attackers.

Nagori and Khandelwal, who are believed to have supplied illegal fire arms to criminal gangs in the state, were arrested in the Dabholkar case based on the findings of the ballistic report pertaining to the bullets fired at the rationalist and the make of the murder weapon, sources said.

Hamid Dabholkar, son of the slain activist, reacting to the first arrests in the case, said though it showed some progress in the investigations, it did not amount to tracking down the real culprits who planned Dabholkar’s murder.

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