Activists hold protest rally to condemn police failure

It has been two months since rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants on August 20, but none of the investigating agencies probing the case have been able to make a breakthrough.

We want justice: Protesters hold banners demanding speedy arrest of Narendra Dabholkar’s killers. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

To protest this delay and express their displeasure, some 300 members from 30 organisations held a rally yesterday. Dabholkar’s son Hamid and daughter Mukta, along with social activist Baba Adhav, were part of the procession.

The protest rally started from the spot on Maharshi Vitthal Ramaji Shinde Bridge, where Dabholkar was murdered, and concluded at Shivaji Statue near SSPM School. The procession passed through Laxmi Road, Shaniwar Wada and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) office.

Hamid said, “It’s been two months and the police are still searching for clues. It is the biggest failure of our system. We have been raising this issue for the last two months by conducting various protests.

All workers of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) are extremely disturbed. We won’t stop our agitation till the time police find his murderers.

However, all our protests will be conducted peacefully, without any kind of violence. Many people portray us as anti-religion. Actually we are not against any religion. We are against fundamentalism and extremism.”

Seconding Hamid’s opinion, Adhav said it appeared that the police were afraid of Dabholkar’s killers. “Ruling party leaders, including the Chief Minister, are equally responsible for this failure.

This is not our last agitation. If we realise that the investigation has come to a standstill, we won’t hesitate from stopping the CM’s vehicle,” he said.  

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