What do you feel about the police investigation?
I am very unhappy. The accused are roaming freely even after two months of the murder. It is very painful. Workers of my father’s organisation are in constant touch with us. They want to know when his killers will be arrested. The government and the police department are giving us assurance, but nothing has happened so far. Everybody knows that it was a planned murder. But the manner in which this investigation is being carried out shows that there is no law and order in the state.
Have the police given your family any protection?
There is one police van parked in front of our home and some policemen sit there regularly. We never demanded any police protection from the state government.
Do you have any plan to meet the chief minister in this regard?
We don’t have any plan to meet the chief minister right now. Two months have passed since my father’s murder. We are meeting different authorities from time to time. We had a meeting with the CM on October 2. He had given us assurance that my father’s killers will be nabbed soon. We believe in non-violence. To mount pressure on the government, we can only organise rallies.
Are you happy with anti-superstition ordinance?
Dr Dabholkar fought for over 18 years to get the anti-black magic Bill passed in the assembly.
However, passing an ordinance alone is not enough. The police need to be sensitised about how to deal with cases related to superstition and black magic. The state police should set an example by booking those indulging in black magic. This is the only way to send a strong message to society.
How is your father’s organisation functioning after his death?
Work is going on in full swing. I am also one of the workers in his organisation. Everybody is doing their routine work. Nothing will be stalled. We all want the police to nab the accused and give us justice. Other organisations with similar ideologies are coming in our support to organise rallies. On Sunday, there was a huge rally organised by different organisations in Pune.
Do you have any plan to demand a CBI investigation into the murder?
No. We never wanted the probe to be shifted to another investigating agency.
Heard some movie directors approached you about making a film on Dr Dabholkar?
Yes. At least two-three directors from the Hindi and Marathi film industries approached us and expressed their views on making a film on Dr Dabholkar’s work. But nothing has been finalised yet. We don’t have details to talk on this issue.