The investigation into the murder of Govind Pansare has taken a new turn. Virendra Tawde, who was handed over to the SIT by the CBI after his arrest as the main conspirator in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, was on Thursday taken to Sanatan Sanstha ashram in Panvel near Mumbai.
At the ashram the team allegedly found huge stock of narcotic drugs, which are used for hypnosis in order to influence minds. The people in the ashram told police that the drugs were bought after being prescribed by the doctor. The SIT immediately called the officers of Food and Drugs Authority to seize the drugs and a panchanama was recorded. The team is now trying to find the doctor who prescribed the drugs in such large quantity and the patients for whom the drugs were prescribed. Tawde's motorcycle, believed to be used in Dabholkar's murder was found to be missing.
The pile of drugs found in the ashram provides a new turn in the investigation. Earlier, families of Sansta members had complained that after undergoing hypnosis at the Sanatan Sanstha, the members lost control over their mind and that they had left their families to join the Sanstha.
Sanjay Kumar, SIT chief said, "We have found drugs from the H1 schedule and it is mandatory to administer the drugs on prescription only from an M.D. in Psychiatry. It is also mandatory to maintain a separate register for it. The seized narcotic drugs are Zapiz, Amisul and Etizolam, which are known as narcotic drugs of the H1 schedule. We will investigate further."
Tawde was handed over to the SIT by the CBI after the Scotland Yard police confirmed that the weapon used in the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi was the same. This has strengthened the conclusion drawn by the three different agencies probing three murders that the killers in the murders were same. Karnataka CID, Maharashtra police SIT and CBI are the three agencies that are investigating the murders of Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar.