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Pansare murder suspect’s remand extended

A local court in Kolhapur on Friday extended the judicial custody to November 7 of 32-year-old Sameer Gaikwad, an activist Sanatan Sanstha and prime suspect in the murder of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare.

Gaikwad’s remand extension, which was pushed back a further 14 days, was as per the usual procedure of an undertrial yet to secure bail, said lawyers in Kolhapur.

Since his arrest on September 16, the police and investigative agencies have drawn a blank in drawing something concrete out of their interrogations of Gaikwad despite the activities of the Sanatan Sanstha coming into sharp relief as a result of the investigations.

Earlier, the court had rejected the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) request to conduct a brain mapping test on the accused after the latter cited the pretext that he was “not in a proper state of mind”.

Further, a Psychological Evaluation test report given by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) observed that Gaikwad had a “duplicitous personality.”

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