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Maharashtra orders SIT probe into Pansare murder




Days after the kin of slain Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, Govind Pansare, moved the Bombay High Court, the Maharashtra government has announced the constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing.

The team will comprise of police officers from Kolhapur, Sangli and Pune districts and would report directly to Sanjay Kumar, Additional Director-General of Police of the Pune-based State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

According to sources, with the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party government under popular pressure to bring Mr. Pansare’s murderers to book, Mr. Kumar held a review meeting of the team on Wednesday in Kolhapur to discuss the need to bring the labyrinthine investigation to a concrete conclusion.

So far, the policehave been unable to achieve any significant breakthrough in the 81-year-old activist’s shocking murder ever since he was gunned down outside his house in February.

Last week, Mr. Pansare’s daughter Smita and his daughter-in-law, Megha filed an application before the court seeking an SIT probe under the supervision of the Bombay High Court.

Mr. Pansare’s kin are not trusting of a CBI investigation into the matter after the unsolved murder of Pune-based RTI activist Satish Shetty unravelled the blatant political pressure wrought on investigating officers in that case, which is languishing even after Mr. Shetty’s murder in 2010.


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