In what could be a major breakthrough in the murder case of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, CBI recovered a gun from a cove in neighboring Thane district of Maharashtra, investigative agency sources said. .
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) hired the services of a foreign marine exploration agency to search for and recover the gun used in Dabholkar’s murder.
The CBI had previously claimed in a Pune court that one of the accused snipers, Sharad Kalaskar, dismantled the gun used to commit the crime and threw it into a stream in Thane.
“A weapon was recovered during the search operation, but whether or not it is linked to the crime will not be confirmed until after the ballistics report from the forensic laboratory,” a CBI official said on Thursday, under cover. of anonymity.
He declined to disclose further details of the recovered weapon, however.
Lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, one of the defendants in the case who was arrested and is currently on bail, is said to have advised Kalaskar to destroy the guns used in the crime.
Punalekar, prior to his arrest, had represented members of the Sanatan Sanstha and other activists in various court cases.
CBI previously claimed that during the investigation it emerged that in June 2018, Kalaskar visited Punalekar’s room in Mumbai, where he explained his role in Dabholkar’s murder.
“Punalekar then asked Kalaskar to destroy the guns used in the killings, including that of journalist Gauri Lankesh (in Bangalore),” CBI told the Pune court.
The agency also told the court that on July 23, 2018, Kalaskar dismantled four domestically made pistols (removing cannons and sliders) and threw them from a bridge in Thane Creek as he stood. was traveling to Nallasopara (in the neighboring district of Palghar) from Pune. .
Dabholkar, a well-known anti-superstition activist, was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune.