Expressing anguish over the fact that the killers of late anti-superstition crusader Dr Narendra Dabholkar have not been nabbed yet, the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) on Friday demanded the setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) comprising Pune police, Mumbai police and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) sleuths to crack the case.
Addressing a press conference, MANS working president Avinash Patil announced that a month-long campaign will be held to strengthen the voice of reason through various activities throughout the state.
“The campaign will be launched near Omkareshwar Bridge where Dabholkar was murdered. A two-day meeting of MANS state executives will be held in Pune on October 19 and 20, before the campaign.”
Patil, along with MANS state general secretary Milind Deshmukh, said that two months have passed and yet the police department is clueless about the murderers.
“Despite best efforts from the police department, there is a need to bring together the various departments together to form the SIT. It is for the state government to decide whether the police department is lacking in skill and capacity to detect the case,” he said.
According to Patil, the month-long campaign will try to attract college youths towards MANS’s anti-superstition movement. He said that 12 books penned by Dabholkar would be made available at 50 per cent discount. “The publication of MANS, including 15 titles, would also be made available during this campaign. Hence, the youth can join the movement by reading the books,” he said.