PUNE: The Maharashtra police have released a CCTV footage which could be a crucial headway in the investigation of the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.
The CCTV footage, however, shows the accused running away but not the shooting. According to a CNN IBN report, the footage shows assailants on a bike at 6.30 am before the incident that occurred at 7.30 am.
A six-member team from the Mumbai crime branch is assisting the Pune police in the probe.
The Mumbai crime branch team is helping the Pune police collate technical evidence. The team includes an expert sketch-maker who works as a consultant.
The police are studying cell phone activities in and around Omkareshwar, where Dabholkar was shot dead, for a clue about the suspects. It is also helping with analysis of the CCTV footage.
Sources said the police have got part of the registration number of the black motorcycle that the accused used and an alert has been sounded to RTOs across the state.
Officials said they have asked their informers to check on the weapon used and look at the sketch of one of the suspects, released on Tuesday.
Anger over the murder
More than six days after assailants killed social activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, investigators had not made any breakthrough in the case.
The brewing anger over the anti-superstition crusader has spilled onto the streets of Pune. At a protest march in Pune following the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar, citizens on Wednesday heckled politicians and refused to let them make speeches.
All political parties had called for a bandh after Dabholkar was shot dead by two unidentified assailants, but workers from the Congress, NCP and Republican Party of India also organised a protest march. Several politicians including Pune mayor Vaishali Bankar and corporators participated in the march, and the incident took place near Phule Market, when some politicians tried to convert the procession into a public meeting.(With inputs from agencies)