Narendra Dabholkar Murder Case: Daughter Says People Following Her Father’s Ideology Under Threat
CBI on Saturday arrested the main accused and also detained a former Shiv Sena corporator in the case.
Speaking at an event to mark the eve of National Scientific Temper Day, Narendra Dabholkar’s daughter Mukta Dabholkar, expressed concerns over threats to the lives of people following and promoting her father’s ideology.
Mukta said, “The threat looms large and all of us need to surpass such strong opposition in order to shape a society that will appreciate scientific thinking.”
“Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh were eliminated strategically because their works were seen as serious threat to ideologies of a section of society. Their murderers have direct links and I hope the agencies can nab the main conspirators,” she added.
The event titled “Living in the 21st century” was organised by the All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) and the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), The Indian Express.
Mukta asserted that her father’s ideology has gained popularity after his death in 2013. She claimed that the number of MANS centres have increased from 215 to 325 in the last five years.
She continued, “We need to have strong dialogues with people in the society so that they can be enlightened and all previous unscientific knowledge can be erased.”
Jayant Narlikar, a renowned cosmologist who was also speaking at the event, voiced hope that the investigating agencies would soon arrest all the culprits. “I am satisfied that one of the killers of Dr Dabholkar has been nabbed. I hope all the perpetrators are identified. I wish Dr Dabholkar’s works continue to be propagated,” he said.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday, arrested the main accused Sachin Prakasrao Andure, in Dabholkar’s murder case. Former Shiv Sena corporator Shrikant Pangarkar was also detained by the CBI in connection to the murder.
Dabholkar was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants on August 20, 2013, when he was on a morning walk near his home in Pune.