Is the Congress government also equally responsible for the death of Narendra Dabholkar? HW News brings you reactions from intellectuals and party lines.
Sachin Andure, who was arrested yesterday in connection with the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, has been remanded to CBI custody till August 26.
Sachin Andure was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday evening. “He was allegedly one of the shooters who fired at Dr Narendra Dabholkar,” the agency said.
Hameed Dabholkar, son of slain rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, today expressed satisfaction about the CBI’s announcement that it had arrested one of the shooters involved in his father’s killing and said he hoped the “real perpetrators” will be found soon.
“This is the second arrest in five years in the case and we hope that with this arrest, the investigating agencies will get to the real perpetrators who were involved in the killing of Dr. Dabholkar,” he said. Mukta Dabholkar, Dr. Dabholkar’s daughter, said today’s arrest was a crucial development.
“Monitoring of the probe of Dabholkar case by the Bombay High Court also helped as the court was constantly putting pressure on the investigating agencies”, Mukta Dabholkar said. The arrest in the case comes before the fifth anniversary of Dabholkar’s killing on August 20, 2013, in Pune.
Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, the anti-superstition organisation founded by Dr. Dabholkar, had earlier decided to intensify its protest against the slow pace of the probe.
The police have found links between the arrested people and some Hindu fundamentalist organization. Which has again evoked the demand for banning organizations like Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. However, the demand is not new. Even during Congress rule, the demands were made. But the Congress government did not take any step in this direction.
So, is the Congress government also equally responsible for the death of Narendra Dabholkar? HW News brings you reactions from intellectuals and party lines:
Kumar Ketkar, Rajya Sabha MP:
“It is utter nonsense to say that Congress in any way, was involved in the assassination of Narendra Dabholkar. Congress was demanding ban on “Sanatan Sanstha” it may not have acted upon it because of centre or state and other administrative reasons but to say that Congress was involved in a murder is completely outrageous statement which has never happened and Congress has never done these politics and moreover Narendra Dabholkar was a saint & secular person and Congress is committed to all forces which are secular. Narendra Dabholkar, M. M. Kalburgi, Gauri Lankesh, Govind Pansare promoted secularism and till their last breath, they were committed to it. To say that Congress was involved is nothing but an insulting propaganda being made against the secular forces.”
Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:
“Only Congress government is responsible for the unfortunate event that had taken place so there is no question of sharing the accusation. Since the assassination, we as a party have been demanding a shrewd inquiry, we also demand that police should question the then Chief Minister and Union Minister of the state, since unfortunately, the Union Minister is not alive, the police can actively question the then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s involvement in the assassination. As far as the Bill (Anti- Superstition & Black Magic Bill) in question, BJP did not oppose to it and even if there is slight bit of truth in this accusation there was Congress regime in the state as well as the centre even if we have had opposed to it, why didn’t Congress intervene into it when it had absolute majority back in the days.”
Al Nasser Zakaria, Congress Spokesperson:
“There is no doubt that our party was in power however even when our party was in power if someone has committed a crime Congress as a party has always ensured that justice is delivered and we always made sure the perpetrators were booked for the crime they committed. In the case of BJP if we see when a crime occurs or someone commits a crime, they in a very subtle manner the functionaries and the rank and stein of BJP, they support acts of crime. For instance, when small girls were raped in Unnao and Kathua some BJP party-men came openly to support the rapists secondly when other crimes occur in the country they take out “Morchas” to back the accused. If you compare our regime with theirs, Congress never supported criminals or accused of any crime. Unfortunately, the scene is different and BJP is in power, for us a crime is a crime and by law, an accused should be punished irrespective of which party is in power. The bill in our tenure, unfortunately, could not become a law but our intentions were clean. Congress has always believed in a progressive mindset. We have a very liberal approach when it comes to resolving issues. Congress always had a progressive agenda and so if you ask me if Congress was responsible it is incorrect. If you analyse our tenure in Maharashtra or any other states all these central acts came during Congresses tenure itself. We have always voiced the concerns of the common people.”
Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:
“How can the Congress government be responsible? See, a short period was there and during this assassination, you cannot trace out. The suspicious organization in this case was Sanatan. The links with Sanatan had been established and things are going on in that direction. Even the government has changed. The ATS are doing a good job. Who gave the inputs? The inputs were given by Karnataka government. That’s why the truth about Vaibhav Raut, Pangarkar etc. is coming out. Now, Kesarkar is saying that we had recommended for them. Then why not he is saying when the recommendation had been made. Why not the recommendation made public to prevent such kind of a incident? And Sena, who was standing behind the Sanatan Sanstha, their corporator has also been arrested. This is high time that they should not back such kind of organization.”