Panjim, India — Two men alleged to be Mumbai-based supari killers have been arrested and taken into custody for questioning in connection to the murder of noted Indian rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in a joint operation of the Pune Crime Branch and Goa Police, say reports.
Narenda Dabholkar, 67, was an Indian rationalist and the founder-president of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), an organization set up to eradicate superstition and black magic, and it is believed to have triggered his murder on 20 August 2013 in Pune.
He was gunned down by two men riding a motorcycle, according to reports.
Critics accused Dabholkar of being anti-religion and openly criticising India’s “godmen”.
The two alleged murderers were hiding in a feast venue at Old Goa, “They had impersonated as vendors in one of the stalls, among the many that were erected at the Old Goa fair. That stall belonged to their friend, who probably gave them shelter here. Pune police had a tip off about their hiding in Goa,” said a police official.
On December 3, Mumtaz alias Bhai Rasool Ansar, 43, and Manguesh Harbat Singh Chaudhary, 30, were tracked down by the joint operation of Pune CB and Goa Police near Old Goa Church where the annual feast of St. Francis Xavier was being celebrated, according to reports.
Goa Police also handed over to Pune Crime Branch custody of one of four persons arrested earlier last month for allegedly being involved in the Narenda Dabholkar murder case.