Rationalists, Civil Society accuse Maharashtra Govt of Protecting Killers of Gauri Lankesh, Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi

Dabholkar Pansare Gauri Kalburgi

President of the Goa Citizens Action Forum (GCAF) Wilber Fernandes today told IndiaScoops.com that he had received several threats from members of the Sanatan Sanstha after he accused a Sanatan Sanstha sympathizer of being the main accused in the murder of a priest-turned-activist Fr Bismarque Dias, who allegedly ‘drowned’ in mysterious circumstances. (Read Here).

He claimed that some Sanatan members who threatened him were hiding in Pune and Mumbai and though an FIR has been registered by him against the alleged Sanatan members, no action has been taken till date. He accused the Maharashtra government of protecting the culprits who were involved in other illegal activity as well. The State is involved and the CM Devendra Fadnavis is responsible for this, he told IndiaScoops.com.

According to a report in The Hindu. rationalist Narendra Nayak, who claimed to have received a threat to his life from right-wing groups, has accused the State government in Maharashtra and the BJP-led Union government of supporting the killers of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.

Nayak, president of the Federation of Rationalists’ Association of India, alleged that the Goa-based right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha was involved in the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.

In the first three cases, the killers could not be nabbed because they had the support of those in power in Maharashtra and at the Centre. However, the Karnataka government had taken seriously the investigation into the Gauri murder case. They set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the case and it turned out that the same people were involved in all the cases, he said.

Nayak said that the Sanstha had also planned to kill playwright Girish Karnad, academic K.S. Bhagavan, and Veerabhadra Channamalla Swami, seer of the Nidumamidi Mutt.

“They wanted to kill us four in a single day. They want to kill rationalists because we have succeeded in shaking their foundations. People are listening to what we are saying about them,” he told The Hindu.

Nayak alleged that the right-wing groups were also trying to intimidate and scare those who oppose them. “The police, however, were able to arrest my ‘killer’,” he said, adding that he was now travelling with police protection. Recalling the efforts taken by Kovoor to attract youngsters to rationalism, Nayak said that the movement seemed to have lost its steam as very few youths were now coming to the movement.

with inputs from The Hindu

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