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Aug 25, 2013 at 09:39am IST

CCTV footage of assailants released in Dabholkar murder case

Mumbai: In a crucial development in the case of the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar on August 20, Maharashtra police have released CCTV footage of the two alleged assailants on bike.

The footage which shows the assailants on the bike was recorded around 6:30 am before the incident happened at 7:30 am on that unfortunate day. Six days after the incident, the police have not been able to get a headway in the case. This footage obtained by the police might give them an idea of the motorbike that was used by the killers.

Dabholkar was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen near Omkareshwar temple in Pune while he was out on a morning walk on August 20. The angry protests sparked by Dabholkar's killing had prompted the Maharashtra government to clear an ordinance to enforce the anti-superstition bill he had championed for years. The successive governments were unable to pass the bill for last 18 years.

Dabholkar had drafted the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Bill over a decade ago, but it repeatedly failed to get through the State Legislature. The Bill had proposed that those indulging in black magic or preying on peoples' superstitions be jailed for up to seven years. The bill also sought to ban a range of practices including black magic, animal sacrifice and magical remedies to cure ailments.