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CBI examines ex Hubballi-Dharwad commissioner in a murder case

By IndianMandarins- 04 Jun 2020


The CBI has examined Pandurang Rane, former police commissioner of Hubballi-Dharwad, and two senior serving officers of Karnataka police in connection with the 2016 murder of BJP worker Yogesh Gowda.


Rane, now retired, along with the then DCPs Mallikarjuna Baladandi and Jinendra Khanagavi, both posted in the Hubballi Dharawad Commissionerate were recently quizzed by the agency in connection with the murder. The two DCPs, still serving, were supervisory officers in the case in which six suspects were arrested by the police.


However, the CBI sources said they are not being questioned as accused and their role, if any, is yet to be determined. Gowda was killed on June 15, 2016 in front of a gym in Sapthapura in Dharwad. The CBI had taken over the case on September 24, 2019, nearly three years after the murder, on the request of the BJP government in Karnataka and a referral from the Centre.

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