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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Right-wing extremist group's member arrested for rationalist Dr Dabholkar's murder, outfit was under scanner for terror links in past

Finally, the central bureau of investigation (CBI) has made an arrest in the case of Dr Narendra Dabholkar's murder.

Virendra Tawade, a member of the Hindu Jagran Samiti (HJS), which is an off-shoot of right-wing radical group Sanatan Sanstha, has been arrested.

Tawade was arrested by the CBI sleuths from Panvel, reports Indian Express. 

"Tawade was also in contact through emails with Sarang Akolkar...absconding in the Goa blast case of 2009", report says.

Akolkar has a red corner notice issued against him by the Interpol in connection with the terror case.

Though Sanatan Sanstha members have been arrested for their role in bomb blasts in the past, it hasn't been banned as yet. The State police had suspected its role in the murders of rationalists and secularists.

But they made no arrest. Congress was in power in Maharashtra then and also UPA was at the helm in the Centre. But the group was not banned. In fact, state Congress leaders claimed that they sent report but Union home minister said that he didn't get it.

The High Court had asked the CBI to conduct probe. Now the CBI has made its first arrest in this case. Rationalists and secularists like Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar, MM Kalburgi [Karnataka] were murdered while Prof KS Bhagwan and Dr Bharat Patankar were threatened.

READ THE FOLLOWING REPORTS ON THIS BLOG

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2. SAFFRON TERROR TRAIL: FROM MAHARASHTRA TO GOA, COPS KEEP EYES SHUT