Nagpur: With no breakthrough in sight in the sensational daylight murder of senior architect Eknath Nimgade on September 6, 2016 in busy Gandhibagh area, the efficiency of cops is coming under cloud. The demand for a CBI probe is also gaining steam with both sons of the late architect joining the chorus.
In a press conference held on Thursday, the family of deceased Eknath Nimgade has questioned the investigation by city cops. The late architect’s sons Anupam and Ujjwal have lamented that even after 40 days, police have failed to arrest the accused. “It is utter inefficiency on the part of Crime Branch and hence probe into our father’s murder should immediately be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Earlier, the city police had suspected the role of former Union Minister Subodh Mohite and other bigwigs in the murder. But political pressure is stopping them to interrogate these white-collared personalities,” both the siblings charged.
The Nimgades have apprehended threat to their lives and have demanded police protection.
In the press meet held at Patrakar Bhavan, Anupam Nimgade said that the former minister had come to our house and threatened pressured his father one and half year ago to give up the right over land on Wardha Road. Further, Anupam and Ujjwal charged that the cops are working under the pressure of political leaders as well as land mafia. “Since the Crime Branch has failed to arrest the accused even after 40 days of the murder, we have knocked the doors of court and demanded CBI probe,” the sons said.
The murder of Eknath Nimgade is also being linked to atrocities on Dalits. During the press conference addressed by Anupam and Ujjwal Nimgade, Shyam Gaekwad of Republican Party of India (Secular) was also present. He said that Nimgade was a Dalit and atrocities on Dalits are increasing in the country. “Are the cops deliberately weakening the case? We are forced to think on this line as the late architect was a Dalit. Moreover, the Chief Minister visits a Ganesh Pandal nearby the residence of Nimgades but did not think it right to visit the deceased’s family,” Gaekwad stated and hinted that they are contemplating to approach National Commission of Scheduled Castes in this regard.
Notably, Eknath Nimgade was connected to Smarak Samiti in Mau, the birthplace of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. He had done construction of the Smarak there.