Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagriti Samiti member arrested for Narendra Dabholkar’s murder in Mumbai


The CBI on Friday arrested a senior functionary of Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagriti Samiti in connection with the murder of Narendra Dabholkar.

Dr Virendra Tawde was arrested in Mumbai after the CBI conducted raids at his residence earlier this month.

Tawde, a former ENT surgeon at JJ Hospital, on the CBI’s radar and was questioned for over an hour at a Panvel farmhouse in December 2015. He has been a Sanstha sadak for more than 15 years.

Hindustan Times reported that Tawde will be brought to the local court in Pune on Saturday. Police have called him a co-conspirator in the case.

The paper also quoted Dhabolkar’s son Hamid confirming the arrest saying the investigating agency had informed him about the development in the night.

“The CBI officials have informed me about Tawade’s arrest,” said Hamid.

Dr Narendra Dabholkar, a prominent rationalist and anti-superstition activist, was murdered unidentified assailants while on a morning walk in Pune on 20 August, 2013.

Dabholkar had actively pursued for the enactment of Anti-Superstition and Eradication of Black Magic bill.

Some political parties in the state had opposed the bill calling it anti-Hindu. However, four days after Dabholkar’s murder, Maharashtra government implemented the bill through an ordinance and the bill was passed by the legislature in December 2013.