Shiv Sena slams BJP over Govind Pansare shooting

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2015 12:31 IST

Condemning the attack on communist leader Govind Pansare, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday taunted the BJP-led government in Maharashtra over the "deteriorating" law and order situation.

"Pansare was shot when Sun's rays were illuminating Kolhapur. All this is happening in our own Maharashtra, despite change in government," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.

Unidentified assailants on Monday shot and severely wounded senior Communist Party of India leader Govind Pansare, who was at the forefront of anti-toll tax campaigns that sparked violent protests in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur.

Five suspects have been detained and police are interrogating them.

"When (anti-superstition crusader) Narendra Dabholkar was killed, there was Congress government in the state. It was put in the convict's box over the murder. Now who will take responsibility for this daylight attack," Sena asked.

"The government is ours (Sena is a part of the Fadnavis led ministry) so we cannot even say that the law and order situation is in tatters and convicts are roaming scott free," it said.

"Had it been some other government, one could have battered it with these very words."

"Pansare is against Hindutva. His booklet about Shivaji Maharaj was controversial. Many people didn't like his speeches about Nathuram Godse in Kolhapur. However, his contribution in social work is immense," Sena said.

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