Kin of slain rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare expressed their serious doubts on whether the government wants the truth to come out. In an event held in Pune, the family members of the murdered rationalist came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who refused to meet them, despite several attempts.
“Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured us many times that he would arrange our meeting with the PM. Despite that, the PM has not given us time. This shows the level of seriousness the government has about the investigation in Dabholkar and Pansare murder cases. We feel there are religious extremist forces behind the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare and M M Kalburgi. If we fail to curb these forces, the situation in India will be similar to Bangladesh, which is observing a series of killings of progressive persons,” says Dabholkar’s wife Shaila to the media.
They have also criticized the tardy probe into the issue where many accused in the case are still roaming free.
Pansare’s wife Uma and his daughter-in-law Megha, Dabholkar’s wife Shaila and his son Hamid took part in the event.
Megha Pansare said we have seen no recent development in these two murder cases, while the country is witnessing to a number of developments in Sheena Bora case, on a daily basis.
CPI Leader Pansare was murdered in February 2015 and the Maharashra police have managed to arrest one accused in the case. Meantime, the police has arrested no one till now in relation to Dabholkar murder which happened in 2013.
“It has been 32 months since Dabholkar was murdered and 16 months since Pansare was murdered. However, there is no concrete development in both cases. It seems the government is not serious enough to solve them,”Shaila Dabholkar says.
She also said that if the government is not taking this case seriously, the country will have to face what Bangladesh is facing these days.
Pansare’s wife Uma also came forward with serious allegations against Maharashtra Police’s SIT which arrested Sameer Gaikwad, a follower of Sanatan Santha in relation to the case and dropped him later.
“SIT officers do not have time to look after the case, so despite having evidence against Gaikwad, the probe has slowed down,” she argued.