Dalit writer Krishna Kirwale found murdered at his home in Kolhapur

Kirwale was the retired head of the Marathi department of Kolhapur's Shivaji University.

By: PTI | Kolhapur | Published:March 3, 2017 11:04 pm
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Noted Ambedkarite thinker Dr Krishna Kirwale was found murdered at his house in western Maharashtra’s Kolhapur city today. Police said his body was found with multiple stab wounds at his Rajendranagar residence. Kirwale (62), was the retired head of the Marathi department of Kolhapur’s Shivaji University. Meanwhile, one person has been detained in connection with the murder, police said, adding that an unidentified person hurled stones at the suspect’s house. Among Kirwale’s major contributions was a ‘Dictionary of Dalit and Gramin (Rural) Literatures’, a project undertaken under the aegis of the state government. Among his other books was a biography of pioneering Dalit litterateur, Baburao Bagul.

Kirwale also lectured widely on issues in Ambedkarite literature in particular, and Marathi literature in general.

Police officers didn’t comment on possible motive behind the brutal murder.

Kirawale was also the head of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Centre for Research and Development of the varsity before he retired two years ago.

In 2015, communist leader Govind Pansare, 81, and his wife Uma were shot at with 7.65-mm country-made pistols in Kolhapur. Pansare died later in Mumbai.

In 2013, rationalist Narendra Dabholkar (69) was shot dead in Pune by the motorcycle-borne assailants who had pumped four bullets into him, again from a 7.65-mm country-made pistol.

Condemning Kirwale’s killing, the leader of opposition in the Legislative Council, Dhananjay Munde said the incident shows the collapse of law and order situation in Maharashtra.

“This killing is serious as Kirwale was working in Dabholkar’s movement as well,” he said.

Union minister Ramdas Athawale said the government should order a probe into Kirwale’s murder and punish the guilty.

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    Onkar Singh
    Mar 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm
    It's the trend set by Modi govt ,from Pansare,Dhabolkar,and now Kirwale,all rationalists and those Ambedkarites who question the casteist mentality and talk of equality are being targeted.And these elements are from the variety of right wing affiliates.Nevertheless the Dalits must not take it lying down,they and all sensible people must rise to occasion and criticise the BJP state government as well as the central government.
    1. A
      Mar 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm
      Godse killed 79 year old frail unable to walk M K hi who had already died virtually 15 days earlier lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pansare - 81 years oldlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dabolkar -69 years old lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Kalburgi - lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is only one cl of deable, arrived from Central Asia as barb-Aryans that has the cowardliness to kill anybody and st the same time to pimp even their mother if they need to just satisfy their non-existent barb-Aryan ego.
      1. A
        Mar 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm
        Helo intelligent , don't you see the satire in his comment, you dumbazz!
        1. K
          Mar 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm
          No murder happens without the knowledge of STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGHlt;br/gt;HE IS ALSO ADVISOR TO MANY STATE UNITS OF RSS!
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            Chandrasekaran Subramanian
            Mar 3, 2017 at 5:41 pm
            One more killed by communal haters
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              Manu USA
              Mar 3, 2017 at 5:46 pm
              It's sad.
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                Mahender Goriganti
                Mar 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm
                This is how media sells cast and communal politics by labeling them as 'Dalit' , tagging cast and communal incidents as such whether related or actual cause of of it, even by hiding such facts that reveal unrelated reasons for the incident.
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                  Nikhil Tambolkar
                  Mar 3, 2017 at 6:25 pm
                  Before anyone jumps to a conclusion and the "Intolerance Brigade" goes into overdrive - Here are 2 pieces of information from well-known (not necessarily reputed) Marathi newspapers -lt;br/gt;1) Maharashtra Times: A guy named Preetam Ganapat Patil has been arrested. He had gone to the slain dalit author's place in the afternoon. They had some chat which escalated into a loud argument, post which a loud thud was heard by the slain dalit author's wife. The lady went upstairs to check what happened, saw the slain dalit author lying down and then went out to inform the neighbors. She came back up, only to find her husband's body soaked in blood.lt;br/gt;2) Loksatta: Police has informed that the exact reason behind the murder is unknown. However, after preliminary investigation, the police have arrested a carpenter, who is currently believed to have killed the dalit author on account of some "minor" argument.
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