Dabholkar murder: Kin seek speedy probe

Slain activist’s daughter says family,supporters ‘deeply saddened’ as culprits are still roaming free.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: October 5, 2013 4:13 am

Mukta Dabholkar,daughter of the slain anti-superstition activist,Narendra Dabholkar,Friday said family members and supporters of the rationalist were “deeply saddened” by the fact that even a month and a half after the murder,the perpetrators were free. She said if the government wanted to send a message that it supports progressive thought,it should pass the Anti-Black Magic Bill in the upcoming Winter Session of the state legislature.

“One and a half months have passed and still we don’t know who killed Dr Dabholkar. This has deeply saddened all of us. The best way for this government to show that it supports progressive thought is to nab the killers and masterminds behind the Dabholkar killing. We urge the government to make sure that the killers are caught as soon as possible,” said Mukta who works for the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmuloon Samiti (Committee for Eradication of Blind Faith),founded by her father. She was speaking at a protest rally,‘I dare to question..’ organised by students to protest the delay in nabbing the killers and to press for the passage of the Anti-Black Magic Bill.

The rally started from Abhinav College of Fine Arts on Tilak Road to Omkareshwar Bridge,where the activist was murdered on August 20 via Garware College on Karve Road and Fergusson College on F C Road.

Mukta said that in a recent meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,she conveyed to him that the MANS would keep fighting till Dabholkar got justice.

She said along with a speedy investigation,passing the Anti-Black Magic Bill was also important.

“This bill has become a symbol of progressive thought and hence we have requested the CM to make sure that the Bill is passed in the upcoming winter session of the state legislature. The state government has passed the Ordinance and now it has the responsibility to ensure that the bill gets a thumbs up in the Houses,” said Mukta.

Responding to the demands that the investigation be handed over to other agencies as the state police has failed to crack the case so far,Mukta said that for the time being they were not in favour of handing over the investigation to any other agency.

“The murder happened in the state and hence it’s the responsibility of the state police and the government to investigate and get to the bottom of the case,” she said.

Addressing the gathering,senior journalist Kumar Ketkar,who was also present at the rally,said that the present environment in the country was conducive for the spread of fascism and Dabholkar’s murder was a manifestation of the growing clout of fascists in the country.

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