Hit List: ATS informs court Accused planned to murder Shyam Manav in Amravati

ATS informed the court that Shrikant Pangarkar was in touch with Amol Kale, who is one of the accused in Gauri Lankesh’s Murder

Hit List: ATS informs court Accused planned to murder Shyam Manav in Amravati

After Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead, it was clear that those who spoke in favour of being rational were in danger. Similar to Dabholkar, Shyam Manav was always on the radar of extremist Hindu outfits.  

Manav, the founder of Akhil Bharatiya Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (AANS), openly criticised these Hindu outfits and accused them of killing Narendra Dabholkar. Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) informed the court that the accused were plotting to assassinate him. 

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To go ahead with the assassination plan, financial assistance was needed and Shrikant Pangarkar managed the same. However, Shyam Manav stayed more in Mumbai and it was difficult for them to kill him in the city. Thus, they were tracking his visit to other parts of the state. The accused had planned to assassinate him in Vidarbha’s Amravati.

ATS informed the court that the accused were trained in Maharashtra’s Jalna and there Pangarkar taught them to use weapons and make bombs. Pangarkar has managed to maintain a criminal record and has been charged for rioting and loss of public property, the ATS further informed. 

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ATS has submitted the call details and tower location of the accused Pangarkar as an evidence to the court and informed that Pangarkar was also in touch with Amol Kale. Kale has been named as an accused in the murder of Journalist Gauri Lankesh. 

KarnatakaSpecial Investigation Team (SIT) gathered substantial evidence from another accused while investigating for Gauri Lankesh’s Murder including a diary. In that diary, Pangarakar's name was written as 'Praje'.

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