Even as the condition of senior CPI leader Govind Pansare, who was shot at by motorcycle-borne assailants, remains critical on Tuesday, reports suggest that Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Mumbai Crime Branch will be probing the attack on him.

According to The Hindustan Times, “A team of crime branch’s property cell officials have reached the crime spot in Kolhapur and would provide technical help to the local police to find the unidentified assailants. The crime branch had also been a part of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar’s shootout case.”

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Earlier in the day the police had detained five persons in connection with the attack.

A crime branch official told The Hindustan Times, “The team will assist the investigating officials there (Kolhapur) and will study the mobile phone tower’s dump data of the area. There are possibilities that the suspects could be identified through the dump data, which consists of all the mobile numbers of persons present in the radius at the time of the shootout. Our focus would be to help the local police by providing technical expertise.”

Pansare, 78, who was at the forefront of a campaign against road toll tax, and his wife were yesterday shot at and critically wounded by the assailants. The Communist leader received three gunshot injuries in the neck, armpit and on the right leg near the knee.

Pansare’s wife Uma was also operated last evening for a fracture on right side of the skull. She is now conscious and being treated in the ICU, the CMO said.

Meanwhile, five persons have been detained “on ground of suspicion” in this connection late last evening, a senior police official said but refused to comment any further.

The assailants had fired at Pansare and his wife outside the Ideal Housing Society here when the couple was returning after their daily morning walk.

The attack comes almost a year-and-half since the murder of noted rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, who was also shot in a similar manner during a morning walk in Pune. The case remains unsolved.

The incident triggered outrage and many senior leaders, including Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, had condemned the attack on Pansare.

With PTI inputs

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