Bandh in Pune over shocking daylight murder of anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar

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Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu right-wing group that had often been at loggerheads with the slain anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, today condemned his murder, saying the victim was a Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu right-wing group that had often been at loggerheads with the slain anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, today condemned his murder, saying the victim was a "logical and rationalist" person. PTI
SummaryPolitical parties are protesting over the shocking daylight murder of a leading citizen.

Political parties and social organisations have called for a bandh in the city today to protest the murder of anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar here.

A protest march was taken out by students and citizens against the murder of the activist, who spearheaded the anti-superstition movement in Maharashtra and pressed for an enactment of law to ban black magic and inhuman practices.

However, police are still clueless about the identity of the culprits, even as a sketch of one of the two motorcycle-borne suspects, who shot dead Dabholkar, was released yesterday.

Although the police claimed that they had got "some information", they refused to divulge any details saying it would hamper the investigation.

"We do not know who is involved in this and we are probing the case from all angles without ruling out any possibility," a top police official told reporters.

The 69-year-old social activist was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne unidentified assailants at around 7.15 AM yesterday, when he was out for a morning walk on the Omkareshwar Temple bridge in the city. Four shots were fired at him from close range by the attackers believed to be in the age group of 25-30 years.

An eyewitness description of the fleeing assailants and the number-plate of the motorbike they rode, is expected to give some leads to the crime branch sleuths, sources said.

Dabholkar's mortal remains were cremated in his hometown Satara last night.

Sanatan Sanstha condoles "atheist" Dabholkar's murder

Mumbai: Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu right-wing group that had often been at loggerheads with the slain anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, today condemned his murder, saying the victim was a "logical and rationalist" person.

The Sanstha spokesperson Abhay Vartak said that even though they had filed more than 20 cases against Dabholkar, they had nothing personal against him and had regarded his as a "representative of atheists".

He said that their opposition to Dabholkar was limited in his capacity as atheist and not at personal level.

"We had filed cases in court for false allegations made by him against the Sanstha. The murder of Dabholkar is shocking. We hope that the guilty will be arrested and brought to justice soon," Vartak said in a statement.

The spokesman said though Dabholkar was atheist, he was "logical" and consistent with scriptures.

However, he dismissed the allegations that the group has any hand in Dabholkar's murder.

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