Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that an inquiry at the highest level would be undertaken into the attack on senior communist leader Govind Pansare and his wife Uma by unidentified gunmen on Monday
Pansare, who was at the forefront of a campaign against road toll tax, and his wife were shot at and critically wounded by motorcycle-borne assailants, triggering outrage.
Fadnavis said “We have taken this attack very seriously and ordered investigation at the highest level. A team of top investigators will go to Kolhapur and find out details. We will not spare the killers. I have ordered top police officials of the state police to oversee the investigation”.
“My government will not rest till the culprits are nabbed and punished. We will surely find out what was the real motive and who are behind such attack,” added Fadnavis.
Meanwhile, the state CPI, CMP groups took to streets and held demonstrations against the government. Senior CPI leader Prakash Reddy said, “It is an attempt to silence those who are working for the welfare of the people. The government should act against the forces which are taking law and order in their hand.”
Another social activist Medha Patkar said, “Unless the culprits are punished we will not sit quiet. The government must immediately act.”
Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said, “Nobody can justify the attack against Pansare and his wife. But at this moment we don’t even know who has attacked and what was the motive. Let some facts come to light. Why should anybody draw conclusions?”