Eminent progressive thinker and Ambedkarite Dr Krishna Kirwale, 62, was stabbed to death in his house near Shivaji Vidyapeeth in Kolhapur on Friday. The police have arrested a suspect in this connection. They suspect the murder might be the fall-out of a financial dispute.
Senior police arrested Pritam Patil hours after the murder. The Kolhapur police said Patil is a resident of the city, but refused to divulge any details.
Sources in the Kolhapur police said the suspect had worked as a carpenter at Kirwale’s house a few days ago. The suspect reportedly fought with him over payment, the police said.
The police are recording statements of his family members and a post-mortem will be conducted on Kirwale’s body.
Additional police force has been deployed in a few parts of Kolhapur as Kirwale was respected among the followers of Dr BR Ambedkar. Born in May 1954 in the Beed district of Marathwada, Kirwale completed his PhD from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in 1987.
He retired as head of department of Marathi at Shivaji Vidhyapeeth a few months ago.
Known for his progressive thoughts, he was chief of the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Centre for Research and Development. Kirwale authored a special dictionary on words used by Dr Ambedkar in his writings and speeches. Popular among students, Kirwale was known for is study on progressive movements and Dalit literature in Maharashtra. He has written several books and wrote often for newspapers.