The Maharashtra ATS claimed on Saturday that they have recovered a bike used by Ganesh Miskin and Gauri Lankesh suspected shooter Parashuram Waghmore, who rode pillion on the evening of September 5, 2017 when journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh was gunned down outside her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, but the Special Investigation Team of the Karnataka police probing the murder denied receiving any such information from Maharashtra ATS.
Yesterday, IndiaScoops.com had reported how the Maha ATS is under pressure from various political sources including the CM’s office (Read Here) to go slow and soft on the Hindutva terror investigation. Now the Karnataka ATS sources allege that the Maharashtra ATS is not co-operating or not sharing information on a real-time basis, in spite of the advances in technology including Whats App groups, video sharing, etc., which facilitate real-time sharing of all info and data.
According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, SIT chief B.K. Singh said that though reports of bike’s recovery are doing the rounds, the Maharashtra ATS had not yet informed SIT. “I read in newspapers that Maharashtra ATS has recovered the bike used by the killers in Gauri’s murder. I have not received any such information from the Maharashtra ATS,” Mr Singh said.
The Maharashtra ATS had recovered three bikes during the investigation of an arms case in Nalasopara in Mumbai and Pune. One of the bikes was recovered from Sharad Kalaskar, who was arrested in August in connection with the Nalasopara arms case and now a key accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case.
One Vasudev Suryavamshi alias Mechanic reportedly provided the stolen bike to Kalaskar and Kalaskar gave it to Amol Kale, the alleged mastermind in the Gauri case. Kale then said to have handed over the bike to Miskin and Waghmore to execute the task. The Maharashtra ATS is trying to trace the original owner of the bike. The papers and documents were faked and so were the number plates. The Karnataka SIT sources told IndiaScoops.com the Maha ATS has been reluctant to share information immediately and give stupid excuses for failure or inordinate delay in sharing information.
Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh has now taken the custody of Shrikant Pangarkar (40), a former corporator of Jalna in Maharashtra (Shiv Sena), from the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).