Hamid Dabholkar, son of slain anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, said that since the probe in the Dabholkar murder was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) there doesn’t seem to have been any progress in the investigation.
Hamid said that the impression that he gets by speaking to the CBI investigators is that the agency is still studying the files and is yet to begin an on-the-ground investigation. The probe in the case was handed over to the CBI by the Bombay High Court after
the state police failed to crack the case even after nine months since the investigation began.
“We don’t know when the case will be cracked. The impression that I get from them (CBI officials) is that they are still studying the documents,” said Hamid.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Andhashradda Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) has now decided to take its battle against superstition and exploitation in the name of faith onto a cultural front. The organisation, founded by late rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, has tied up with theatre personality Atul Pethe to establish ‘Lok Rangmach’, which will stage ‘circle shows’ in several districts of the state.
The shows will kick off with a composite six-hour show which will be staged by 12 troupes hailing from different districts in Pune on August 20.
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According to Pethe, the aim is to pay tribute to Dabholkar and also continue his fight against superstition and ignorance by using the medium of theatre. “On August 20 — the first death anniversary of the rationalist — we are organising a performance in Pune which will kickstart in the morning from the Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge where he was shot. About 250 performers will stand on both sides of the bridge and recite poems composed by Dabholkar. This will be followed by a six-hour long performance based on the ideology of MANS by about six theatre troupes from different districts,” said Pethe.
Following this, these trained troupes will return to their respective districts and keep performing the ‘circle shows’ whenever possible and spread the message.