"The timing and spot selected by the assailants, the fact that they have not left any clues behind after gunning down Dabholkar and the way they escaped clearly indicates that it is the case of contract killing," Pol said.
According to TOI reports, he was speaking to reporters after meeting Dabholkar's son Hamid, daughter Mukta and some activists of the Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti on Wednesday. Joint commissioner of police Sanjeev Kumar Singhal, additional commissioner of police (crime) Shahaji Solunke were also present.
"We are conducting investigations on a number of important points but so far there is no positive clue in the case," he added.
"We have asked them (family members) if he had received any threats from any persons in Pune or Satara or from other parts of the state. They did not name anyone ," Pol said.
Police have got the registration number of the motorcycle used by the assailants to escape after the murder. "It was a black motorcycle bearing the number 7756. We have checked several motorcycles with a similar number, but have no clues," Pol said.
"We also checked motorcycles whose numbers were noted down by our personnel during nakabandi in the last two days before Dabholkar was shot dead. But this number could not be traced," he added.
Pol said they have drawn up a sketch of one of the two assailants. Eyewitnesses said it was of the suspect who shot Dabholkar dead. "We have shown the sketch to staff in lodges, restaurants and persons in the area where Dabholkar lived in Shaniwar Peth, but no one has given us any information," he added.
Dabholkar's son Hamid told reporters after meeting Pol that he was unhappy that his father's killers had not been arrested. "We are not satisfied," he said. Hamid said his father had exposed several fundamental groups. "We will not name them," he added.