Pune, June 11: The first arrest regarding the case of Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was done on Friday. Virendra Tawde, a member of the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS), was arrested for his alleged role in the murder of Narendra Dabholkar which was done in 2013. He would be produced before the court sessions in Pune on Saturday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at the residence of Tawde. He works as a medical officer for the Sanstha. The CBI questioned him at the outfit's ashram in Panvel and was arrested nine days later. Tawde's arrest is the first by the central agency since it took over the probe in May 2014 on the directions of the Bombay High Court. PIL was booked that alleged that pro-Hindutva activists were involved in the murder of Dabholkar.
Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead reportedly by two unidentified people near Balgandharva auditorium in Pune when he was out for a morning walk on August 20, 2013. The assailants then ran away on a two-wheeler. The high court had transferred the probe to the CBI on May 9, 2014. Former journalist Ketan Tirodkar had filed PIL saying that there was no headway even several months after killing him.