December 7, 2013 12:44:22 am
In a possible breakthrough in the probe into the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar,two men were picked up from old Goa on Friday evening by a Pune police team.
The two have been identified as Mangesh Chaudhury and Rasul Ansari from Mumbai.
Goa DIG O P Mishra confirmed the detention,but declined to share details.
Dabholkar,who spearheaded the anti-superstition movement in Maharashtra,was shot dead in Pune on August 20.
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Last month,the Pune police told the Bombay High Court there was no evidence to suggest the involvement of right-wing extremists behind the murder.
Meanwhile,three months after his death, threats continue to haunt Dabholkars family and friends.
While his son and daughter have received threat letters,Akshay Bhosale,a supporter of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulaan Sammittee (MANS),has allegedly received threat phone calls.
Mukta Patwardhan,daughter of the slain activist,said that a month ago,another senior MANS activist had received a threat letter. The letter was received in Sangli and was posted from Kolhapur.
Mukta said the police had apparently traced the letter to a 60-year-old person from Kagal. The police told us that the man in question was mentally unstable and have been writing such letters on and off. They told us that the person was taken into custody and then released after suitable action. However,we do not know what action they had taken, she said.
After this incident,the police had asked both Patwardhan and Dabholkar whether they wanted security. We told the police it was up to them to decide and we would abide by their decision. However,we do not see any sign of police protection for us, she said.
Meanwhile,Akshay Bhosale,a young Warkari member of MANS from Mumbai,has allegedly started receiving threats after he attended the rally in support of the anti-superstition Bill. Bhosale had participated in an online discussion on the Bill and had managed to win support from many people from the community. On Thursday,he got a call threatening him with dire consequences if he continued to canvass for the Bill, she said.
Bhosale said he had approached the police and was given police protection. Senior police officers have told me that they are just a call away and have asked me to be careful about my movement, he said.
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