Thousands turn up to pay last respects to Govind Pansare

Feb 22, 2015, 07:25 IST | Chaitraly Deshmukh

A half-mast Communist Party of India (CPI) flag tribute was paid to the slain leader at Dasara Chowk in Kolhapur as volunteers shouted slogans of Lal Salaam

Thousands of supporters turned up to pay their last respects to Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and comrade 82-year-old Govind alias Anna Pansare who succumbed to his injuries after two unidentified assailants shot him on Monday morning.

Also read: Govind Pansare died due to firearm injury complications: Autopsy reports

Govind Pansare
Supporters of Govind Pansare gather to catch a last glimpse of him

Supporters had gathered to catch a glimpse of Pansare at Kolhapur Airport at 9 am on Saturday. Around 12.40 pm, when the flight finally landed, they shouted ‘Amar rahe, amar rahe, Anna amar rahe’ and started weeping.

Heavy bandobast was deployed by the Kolhapur police. More than 100 volunteers of CPI known as Red Gaurdi (volunteers clad in red shirts), assisted cops to control the sitaution.

A half-mast CPI flag tribute was paid to Pansare while volunteers shouted slogans of Lal Salaam. CPI veteran leader Prakash Reddy first offered flowers to him and was later followed by the slain leader’s supporters.

Later, Chandrakant Patil, guardian minister of Kolhapur and Superintendent of Police Manojkumar Sharma arrived as supporters shouted slogans and protested their negligence for not arresting Pansare’s killers. Pansare’s body was then taken to Panchaganga Ghat where he was cremated.

Maharashtra Bandh on Sunday

CPI Maharashtra secretary Bhalchandra Kango said more than 18 organisations, including political parties such as Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and the Republican Party of India, have decided to declare Sunday as Maharashtra Bandh for condemning the attack against Pansare.

Cops try to trace miscreant for Facebook comment
A youth named Amol Patil updated two defamatory comments on Facebook against Pansare. SP Manojkumar Sharma said, “We are in the process of registering the offence and the Cyber cell is investigating the case. Before we could zero him down, Patil had removed the status.”

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