Wife of deceased veteran Communist leader and rationalist Govind Pansare, Uma's health has deteriorated and the 72-year-old was rushed to a Kolhapur hospital on Tuesday morning and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
Senior police inspector, on condition of anonymity, told mid-day, “Uma is being kept under observation in ICU and will soon undergo angioplasty.”
Govind Pansare and his wife Uma were on a morning walk when unidentified gunmen shot at him and pushed his wife down before escaping.
Pansare was gunned down outside his home in Sagar Mala locality of Kolhapur city on February 16 and succumbed to his injuries on February 20 at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital.
Govind and Uma Pansare were returning home from their morning walk on February 16, when two unidentified assailants on a motorbike shot at the anti-toll crusader five times. Before they escaped, they also pushed Uma to the ground. Three of the bullets hit Govind, and he succumbed to his injuries in a Mumbai hospital four days later. Uma sustained a fracture on the left side of her skull, which has led to partial paralysis on her right side. However, she is able to speak. Uma was the sole eyewitness to the shooting incident and was the only person who got a proper glimpse of the assailants.
Uma Pansare is the district secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, apart from being a CPI member.
A week back, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested 32-year-old Sameer Gaikwad, who hails from Sangli and currently resides in Mumbai for his allegedly involvement in Pansare’s murder. Gaikwad is member of Sanathan Santha since 1998. Gaikwad, in his early 30s, was arrested from Sangli after a joint operation by Kolhapur and Sangli police. Police said Gaikwad has some criminal backgound.