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Murder blot on state police and govt, admits Ajit Pawar

The killing of Narendra Dabholkar in broad daylight on Tuesday, left the activist’s supporters outraged and the Maharashtra government shamefaced.

mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2013 23:39 IST
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The killing of Narendra Dabholkar in broad daylight on Tuesday, left the activist’s supporters outraged and the Maharashtra government shamefaced.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan declared a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on Dabholkar’s assassins and said that the murder of the anti-superstition activist was a blow to the image of a progressive Maharashtra. “The incident is a blot on the state police and the government,” said the deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.

Outside Shivaji Mandir in central Mumbai’s Dadar, Dabholkar’s supporters got together and vehemently condemned state home minister RR Patil for failing to protect the activist. Several Marathi actors and theatre personalities were also part of the protest.

“Dabholkar’s death has pushed back the state’s progress. He had faced threats to his life and he should have been protected by the police,” said Madhukar Kamble, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (committee for eradication of blind faith) that Dabholkar headed.

Union agriculture minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “It appears that those who were against his thoughts killed him. They are under a wrong impression if they think his thoughts can be finished by killing him.” Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray said failure to nab the culprit would point the needle of suspicion at the state government.

Patil, however, declared that the inquiry had been handed over to the Pune crime branch. “The matter is serious and I appeal to the people to maintain calm. The culprits will soon be nabbed. Primary information is with us.”