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India Anti-superstition Activist Dr. Narendra Sabhokar Shot Dead


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Jun 17, 2004
Pune: Anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar shot dead

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Pune: Leading anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune on Tuesday morning. Dabholkar was shot dead while on a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple.

Dabholkar was the editor of a weekly titled Sadhana.

More details are awaited.


May 9, 2006
Re: Breaking News: Anti-superstition Activist Dr. Narendra Sabhokar Shot Dead

Renowned rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar shot dead in Pune
By ET Bureau | 20 Aug, 2013, 01.33PM IST

MUMBAI: Maharashtra's renowned rationalist and anti-superstition activist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, who was putting pressure on the Congress-NCP government in the state, for a law against superstition and black magic, was shot dead on Tuesday morning in Pune. The BJP and other opposition parties in Maharashtra have reacted sharply and demanded an investigation into Dr.Dabholkar's murder.

Dr Dabholkar was on a morning walk when he was attacked by two men near the Omkareshwar Bridge in the heart of Pune city. Both attackers were on a motorcycle. The police said four shots were fired at him at close range, two of which hit him in the back of his head.

The incident has triggered sharp political reactions in the state. BJP demanded an investigation into the this killing. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan expressed grief and announced that top most police officers will be put on the investigation. The killing sparked anger and grief in Mumbai, Pune and Dr.Dabholkar's hometown Satara, 100 km from Pune. Large crowds gathered at his home and took out a protest march. Many locals also kept their shops shut.

Announcing Rs 10 lakh for any information on the murder, the Maharashtra government called it a planned killing and slammed the police for failing to protect the senior activist. Dr Dabholkar's murder comes days after the Maharashtra government assured that it would introduce the anti-superstition Bill.BJP MLA from Pune Girish Bapat expressed shock over the incident and said that this was an indication of deteriorating law and order in Maharashtra under the Congress-NCP rule. <META name=cmsei content=cms.next>


May 10, 2010
Ancient Greece
Re: Breaking News: Anti-superstition Activist Dr. Narendra Sabhokar Shot Dead

Day after Dabholkar murder, Maha
passes anti-black magic ordinance
(Wednesday, August 21st 03:43 PM IST)

The Maharashtra cabinet on Wednesday cleared the anti- black magic and superstition ordinance, a day after rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was murdered in Pune, reported CNN-IBN.

This, barely two weeks after Dabholkar had criticised the Prithviraj Chavan government at a press conference in Pune for not tabling the draft legislation in the recently- concluded monsoon session of the state assembly.
He had said that even though the bill had been cleared by the cabinet and had been listed for business in the last seven sessions of the assembly, it had never been tabled for discussion.

Dabholkar had been advocating for the anti-superstition bill since the late 1990s. The bill went through several drafts including 29 amendments.

Condemning the murder, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced a reward of Rs ten lakh to any person giving information about the culprits who murdered Dabholkar. The Pune police on Wednesday released a sketch of the suspect based on eye witness reports.

69-year-old Dabholkar, who headed the 'Andhashraddha Nirluman Samiti' (anti-superstition movement), was out for a morning walk when two motorcycle-borne unidentified assailants fired two bullets from close range into his head from behind, police said quoting an eyewitness.

For Dabholkar, who hailed from Satara, spreading scientific temper and eradicating superstitions and undesirable rituals in the society was a lifelong mission which he carried with zest and rational thought, notwithstanding resistance from retrograde elements.

(Source: firstpost.com/india/day-after-dabholkar-murder-maha-passes-anti-black-magic-ordinance-1049767.html)


May 10, 2010
Ancient Greece
Re: Breaking News: Anti-superstition Activist Dr. Narendra Sabhokar Shot Dead

Police finally crack an arrest in the Narendra Dabholkar murder, pick up suspect from Sanatan Sanstha


Eight days after anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar was gunned down outside a temple in Pune, the city Crime Branch has finally picked up a suspect in the murder case.

A special team of the Pune Crime Branch probing the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar has taken a sadhak of 'Sanatan Sanstha' into custody from the organisation's Goa headquarters.

31-year-old Sandeep Shinde was picked up from Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha's headquarters at Ramnathi in Ponda on Wednesday at around 5 pm.

The team included seven members, who were assisted by Ponda police in the operation. The team consisted of Crime Detection Branch of Faraskhana police station, led by ASI Geet Bagwade.

This is the first arrest in the reformist's shocking murder, days before the Anti-Superstition Bill he was campaigning for was passed in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Sanatan Sanstha has already been in the news for gloating on Dabholkar's death, though they denied any connection with the murder.

In a front-page statement in its daily mouthpiece "Sanatan Prabhat", Sanatan Sanstha leader Jayant Athavale said births and deaths are pre-destined and everybody gets the fruit of their karma.

"Instead of dying bedridden through illness, or after some surgery, such a death for Dabholkar is a blessing of the almighty," Athavale said in the statement.

(Source: www.indiatoday.intoday.in/story/nar...rst-arrest-from-sanatan-sanstha/1/304283.html)



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