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Threatening letter sent to slain Dabholkar’s weekly

Yogesh Joshi, Hindustan Times  Pune, August 30, 2013
First Published: 21:11 IST(30/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:24 IST(30/8/2013)

Marathi weekly Sadhana, whose editor and anti-superstition campaigner Dr Narendra Dabholkar was murdered a week ago, on Friday received a letter threatening to kill all anti-superstition activists. 


The anonymous letter sent to Sadhana’s Shaniwar Peth office, stated: “All anti-superstition activists will be the way Dabholkar was if you do not stop hurting religious sentiments of the people.”

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The letter also criticised Shyam Manav, prominent anti-superstition crusader, and Shriram Lagoo, film and theater personality. 

“We have handed over the letter to police for further probe,” said Rajan Dandekar, an anti-superstition activist.

Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar told a gathering in Pune the police have “brought disgrace upon themselves” because they have not made any headway in the murder even after 10 days.

“It is also a disgrace for all of us that a person like Dabholkar gets killed and assailants are still at large,” Pawar said.

Prominent rationalist and anti-superstition crusader Dabholkar, 68, was shot dead on August 20 by two bike-borne youths. Twenty-three teams comprising 250 officials are investigating the case.

They haven’t got any substantial lead into the murder despite questioning more than 700 people, among them criminals, gangsters and activists of rightwing Hindu organisations such as Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janjagruti.

The chief minister has termed the killing as “a conspiracy and a premeditated murder”. 

Meanwhile the city crime branch has decided to send the CCTV footage of the crime to a laboratory in London for augmenting the image quality. The police have maintained the killers could not be identified because the footage is hazy.

“Whenever we try and zoom in the image, it breaks. Therefore we are now sending some footage to London laboratory, which is known for enhancing the quality of the image using advanced technology,” said additional commissioner of police (crime) Shahaji Solunke. 

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