IN a bid build pressure on agencies investigating the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, M M Kalburgi and Govind Pansare and to counter threats, rationalists in Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka have decided to form a network of their own.
Hamid Dabholkar, son of Narendra Dabholkar, said that members of the Maharashtra Andashraddha Nirmoolan Sammiti (MANS) have started contacting rationalists like Girish Karnad, Ashok Vajpeyi and others for formation of the network.
“There are uncanny resemblances not only in the profile of the slain activists but also the manner in which they were killed. Yet, there has been no collaboration between the three investigating agencies,” said Hamid.
While the SIT formed to investigate Pansare’s murder arrested a member of the Sanatan Sanstha, no arrests have so far been made in the other two cases. The network plans to ensure that the investigating agencies open formal channels of communication to tackle the cases. It will also push the Karnataka government to pass an anti-superstition law in the state.