Ambedkarite writer and orator Dr Krushna Kiravle (63) was allegedly murdered at his residence in MHADA Colony in Kolhapur’s Rajendra Nagar area around 2 pm on Friday. According to police, Kiravle was stabbed in the bedroom of his house located near Shivaji University. Primary investigation has suggested that Kiravle’s murder could be a fallout of a financial dispute, said police. Deputy Superintendent of Police Harsh Potdar told mediapersons that a carpenter, Pritam Patil, has been detained for interrogation. Special Inspector General of Police Vishwas Nangare-Patil said all angles are being probed to confirm the reason behind the murder.
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Police said that Kiravle’s wife, who was at home when the incident took place, had said that three persons came to their house on Friday afternoon. Investigation has revealed that a few days ago, they had a quarrel with Kiravle over payment for furniture at his home.
Kiravle, who was from Sirsala village in Maharashtra’s Beed district, retired a few months ago as head of the Marathi Department of Shivaji University.
Born on May 4, 1954, Kiravle was a well-known orator on Dalit issues. An alumnus of Milind College in Aurangabad, he penned books on a range of issues like Dalit Shahiri, Dalit movement, writings of Baburao Bagul. He was chairman of the 31st Asmitadarsh Sahitya Sammelan.