A Pune court on Sunday extended the custody of Sachin Andure, an accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case. His custody has been extended till August 30. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has informed the court that the pistol which has been recovered from Andure was used in Gauri Lankesh killing, adding that some of the accused in the Gauri Lankesh case are connected with Sachin Andure. On August 19, he was arrested by the ATS which handed him over to CBI. He was later produced in a Pune court.
On August 20, rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was killed by two assailants at Pune’s Omkareshwar Bridge when he was on the morning walk. In 2014, the Bombay High Court took over the Narendra Dabholkar murder case. In August 2016, the CBI filed a charge sheet against another accused – Virendrasinh Tawde.
Days ago, the CBI and ATS recovered – one country-made pistol, three live cartridges of 7.65 mm, one dagger, one sword, two mobiles – after conducting raids at three places in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad. The recovered weapons have been sent for forensic tests.