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Dabholkar case: Accused asked activist to make pistol replica

One-liner: Virendrasinh Tawde, the prime accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, had asked Sanjay Sadvilkar, now a key prosecution witness, to arrange for bullets, code-named chocolates, and make a pistol replica, the prosecution has said.

Revelation: This was revealed by Sadvilkar during his examination in the special court by special public prosecutor (SPP) Prakash Suryawanshi.

  • Sadvilkar, who owned a shop selling idols, told the court that due to his business he was attracted to a Hindutva organisation 

Started working: He got in touch with Tawde, an accused in the Dabholkar murder case, and started working with him occasionally. 

Verbal spat: On the occasion of Sant Gadge Maharaj Jayanti, Tawde had a verbal spat with Dabholkar, Suryawanshi said quoting Sadvilkar.

Called at railway crossing: Tawde again met him and asked if he could do some business. Sadvilkar was then called at a railway crossing where he was introduced to a person. 

Make a replica: Sadvilkar was told that that person will bring him a revolver and a pistol and he should make a replica, the special public prosecutor said.

  • Sadvilkar was shown a pistol but he asked the man to let him see the pistol from the inside to make a replica

Dabholkar shot dead: After Dabholkar was shot dead, Sadvilkar contacted the police and informed them about his meeting with Tawde and other incidents, the SPP said.

  • Sadvilkar's cross-examination will be conducted on July 8

CBI took over murder probe: In June 2014, the CBI took over the Dabholkar murder probe following an order by the Bombay HC.

ENT surgeon: Based on a witness statement made by Hindutva activist Sadvilkar, the CBI arrested ENT surgeon Dr Virendrasinh Tawade, who was linked to the radical outfit Sanatan Sanstha, in June 2016. 

Mastermind: According to CBI, Tawde was one of the masterminds behind the murder conspiracy.

Two shooters held: Besides Tawde, two alleged shooters — Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar- were also arrested. 

Source: PTI

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