Govind Pansare murder: Sanathan Sansthan sympathiser Sharad Kalaskar arrested

        Article         Wednesday, 12 June 2019         93         0

A special team of the Maharashtra police Tuesday arrested right-wing activist Sharad Kalaskar in connection with the killing of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare.

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Sharad Kalaskar arrested

Sharad Kalaskar was earlier arrested by the Maharashtra ATS in the Nalasopara arms haul case.

The Maharashtra SIT (Special Investigation Team) probing the death of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare's murder case on Tuesday arrested Sharad Kalaskar, a Sanatan Sanstha sympathiser accusing him of directly being involved in the murder.

Sharad Kalaskar was earlier arrested by the Maharashtra ATS in the Nalasopara arms haul case wherein Sanatan Sanstha sympathisers and sadhaks had planned attacks on the Sunburn music festival and cinema theatres running the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie Padmaavat.

He was later arrested by the CBI when the agency found him to be implicated in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, that took place in August 2013 and named him as one of the shooters along with Sachin Andure. Last year, his statement was recorded in the 2015 Govind Pansare murder case by the SIT as a witness.

Citing his role in the Govind Pansare murder case, public prosecutor Shivaji Rane told the court that investigations have revealed that Sharad Kalaskar was present in Kolhapur four to five days before Govind Pansare's murder and his custody was needed to interrogate him about the weapon used to kill Govind Pansare. The prosecutor sought custody of ten days.

Hearing arguments from the prosecution and the defence lawyer, the court sent Sharad Kalaskar to police custody remand for eight days. Sharad Kalaskar will be the tenth accused named in the murder case by the SIT. Virendra Tawde and Sameer Gaikwad were arrested earlier in connection with the case.

Sharad Kalaskar's name had also figured in the September 2017 murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in which he was subsequently arrested, the official said.

He was named as accused number 16 in the Lankesh case after the probe revealed he had played a key role in the handling of the weapons used for the murder in Bengaluru, he said.

In the Govind Pansare case, Sharad Kalaskar allegedly dismantled the weapons used in the crime, he said.

Reporter: Nagity

Tags: Govind Pansare, murder , Sanathan Sansthan sympathiser, Sharad Kalaskar, arrested

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