The Shramik Mukti Dal, an organisation fighting for the rights of displaced people, today held a silent march in Kolhapur on the occasion of the first death anniversary of slain rationalist Govind Pansare.

Pansare was shot at Kolhapur on February 16 last year and died in a Mumbai hospital on February 20. Shahid Govind Pansare Samata Sangharsh Samiti president N D Patil, who addressed the gathering, said the government wasn't serious about completing investigation in the Pansare murder case.

"Even the courts have come to the conclusion that the investigation isn't on a proper track. The probe agency isn't serious about finding the issue," Patil said.

"The rulers don't feel the same sentiments as the common man does. The cowardice of ruling politicians is also in part responsible for the slow pace of investigation," Patil said.

The silent march began from Pansare's home today and ended at Dasara Chowk. Participants protested at the chowk demanding that the true faces responsible for Pansare's murder be exposed.

Activist J R Dabhole said, "Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar and M M Kalburgi were the victims of anti-rational people. We have demanded the state government to take action against the Sanatan Sanstha for provoking the sentiments of the people. However nothing has happened."