Suspect with right-wing links arrested for rationalist Govind Pansare’s murder

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Police in Maharashtra arrested a suspect having links with right-wing groups from Sangli town on Wednesday in connection with the killing of senior rationalist leader Govind Pansare.

Pansare was killed on 16 February in Kolhapur while going for a morning walk with his wife. Pansare, 81, died of bullet injuries four days later after he was shot.

Samir V. Gaikwad, a 32 year old suspect is connected with the Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha since 1998.

Additional Director General of Police (CID), Pune, Sanjay Kumar told reporters that the suspect could be “directly or indirectly connected” with the Pansare killing.

After the investigation by the Kolhapur and Sangli police, Gaikwad, who runs a mobile phones repair shop, was nabbed from a place in Sangli around 4.30 a.m. on Wednesday and was remanded in police custody for a week by a Kolhapur court.

(IANS)