‘Masterminds behind the murder must be held soon’

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 21 August 2019

While the BJP-Shiv Sena Government has taken the credit for making the first arrests in the case, Dabholkar said, “No government has ever taken the lead to take the case forward in any way, neither Congress-NCP nor BJP-Shiv Sena. Every time the investigation has proceeded only after intervention from High Court. It was only after the breakthrough in Gauri Lankesh case that the investigation actually got a proper direction.”

Pune: The organisations behind the murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Pansare and others are a threat to society and so they need to be brought to justice, said Dr Hamid Dabholkar on Tuesday.

He was speaking at Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge near Balgandharva Rangmandir, while remembering his father Dr Dabholkar on his sixth death anniversary. 

Chargesheets have been filed against two accused, Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, but there is a need to nab the organisations behind the assassination, he said.

“The chargesheets filed in the cases, not just that of our father, but even those of Comrade Pansare and MM Kalburgi, have mentioned names of organisations involved, and still these real masterminds of the crimes are not behind bars. Our fight will continue until the police are successful in nabbing them,” Dabholkar said.

While the BJP-Shiv Sena Government has taken the credit for making the first arrests in the case, Dabholkar said, “No government has ever taken the lead to take the case forward in any way, neither Congress-NCP nor BJP-Shiv Sena. Every time the investigation has proceeded only after intervention from High Court. It was only after the breakthrough in Gauri Lankesh case that the investigation actually got a proper direction.”

“These are the organisations trying to spread violence and hatred. The issue is not only of murders of Dabholkar. Pansare, Kalburgi and Lankesh, but that of security of everyone,” he said.

Carrying legacy forward

Before his death, Dabholkar fought to bring about a law on superstitions for 18 years. Finally, the State Government brought in the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Milind Deshmukh of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) said, “In the past six years, over 550 cases were registered under the Act, around 150 of which are from Pune district. Eight to 10 convictions have taken place. This is indeed a success.” He said the focus of MANS is to work with more youths.
 

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