Following the arrest of a Sanatan Sanstha member for allegedly murdering rationalist Govind Pansare, the latter’s family said they had long suspected the organisation’s role into the crime.
Pansare’s daughter-in-law Medha Pansare said, “We believe that police have crucial evidence as they have arrested the suspect after seven months of investigation. We suspected Sanatan Sanstha from the beginning. After the murder, the organisation’s mouthpiece had carried objectionable content about Govind Pansare.”
She added: “We now hope that the masterminds behind the crime are identified and put behind the bars. We want to know from them why they hated Govind Pansare so much. He was a rationalist who spent his life working for common people. The murders of social thinkers like Pansare, Dr Narendra Dabholkar and M M Kalburgi are part of a dangerous trend.”
Responding to the arrest of the Sanatan Sanstha member, Dabholkar’s son Hamid said investigation agencies should focus on the similarities between the murders of the three rationalists.
“We have been telling the government for last two years to focus on radical-right wing outfits who have severe ideological differences with rationalists. These organisations believe in violence. We hope the agencies will focus on the similarities in the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi,” he said.
Dabholkar’s family submitted a petition in Bombay High Court a fortnight back, expressing unhappiness about the murder probe.
Dabholkar was murdered by unidentified persons while he was on a morning walk in Pune on August 20, 2013. CBI is probing the case and is yet to make any arrest.