Pansare case: Maharashtra police releases video seeking info of two suspects

Pansare case-Maharashtra police releases video seeking info of two suspects

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Police on Tuesday released a video appealing to the public for information on the whereabouts of two suspects in Govind Pansare murder case.

The Maharashtra police released the video week after the Bombay High Court termed Govind Pansare murder investigation as a “laughing stock”.

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In the one minute-long video the police have mentioned names of Sanatan Sanstha activists Vinay Pawar and Sarang Akolkar who are wanted for their alleged role in the murder of Pansare in his home in Kolhapur in 2013.

The video further says that a person providing information leading to the arrest of the suspects will be given a reward of Rs 10 lakh, which the state government had announced in 2017. The identity of the informant, the police’s appeal adds, will also be kept secret, it added.

Recently the CBI had informed a Pune court that the murders of Mr Dabholkar, Mr Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Ms Lankesh were interconnected.

While anti-superstition activist Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune in August 2013, Mr Pansare, a rationalist and leader of the Communist Party of India, was killed in Kolhapur in western Maharashtra in February 2015.

Kannada scholar and writer M M Kalburgi was killed in Dharwad in August 2015, while Ms Lankesh was killed in Bengaluru in September 2017.