The woman, identified as Jyoti Kamble, was detained for questioning and taken to Sangli, where police yesterday arrested Samir Gaikwad in connection with the case. Suspected to be having close links with Sanatan Sansthan, Jyoti was said to be in constant touch with Gaikwad as could be gathered from call details, a senior officer of Mumbai police told reporters.

Gaikwad, an active member of 'Sanatan Sansthan' since 1998, was arrested yesterday based on leads obtained through electronic surveillance by the Special Investigating Team (SIT), set up to nab Pansare's assailants.

Inspector General of Police Sanjay Kumar Verma said the investigators are interrogating the woman on various aspects of the case. Jyoti runs a mobile repair shop and has been a member of Sanatan Sanstha since long, said another senior police officer, who is part of the probe team.

Gaikwad was taken into custody after police went through his 'innumerable' phone call records. He was produced in a court at Kolhapur in western Maharashtra which remanded him in police custody till September 23.

Pansare (81) was gunned down outside his home in Sagar Mala locality of Kolhapur city on February 16 and succumbed to his injuries on February 20 at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital.

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