‘Appoint SIT to probe Dabholkar murder’

Family members and supporters of slain rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday to demand appointment of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the murder.

Mumbai | Updated: March 14, 2014 12:31:45 pm

Family members and supporters of slain rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday to demand appointment of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the murder.

Dabholkar,an anti-superstition activist,was murdered in Pune on August 20.

While sleuths from three police agencies — Pune crime branch,Mumbai crime branch and Anti Terrorism Squad — have been deployed to probe the incident,no arrests have been made so far.

A delegation led by veteran freedom fighter N D Patil and Dabholkar’s daughter Mukta met Chavan at the latter’s residence. While a demand to hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been raised by certain quarters,Patil said Dabholkar’s supporters were not in favour of the demand.

“Instead,we sought appointment of an SIT for better coordination between various agencies,” said Avinash Patil,state chairman of the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti,founded by Dabholkar. According to sources,Chavan said he would discuss this demand with Home Minister R R Patil and state intelligence agencies.

The delegation also submitted some “objectionable material” published by right wing outfit Sanatan Prabhat. They also alleged that activists of the outfit had continued with the “smear and misleading” campaign against the anti-superstition ordinance issued by the state government on August 21.

Meanwhile,Patil said Chavan had assured them that he would try to get the bill on the ordinance approved on the first day of the Winter Session of the Assembly. The delegation complained that vigilance officers required to implement the provisions mentioned in the ordinance were yet to be appointed.

Sandeep Ashar

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