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MANS drive to expedite Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case


Narendra Dabholkar

Pune : On the occasion of the fourth death anniversary of the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Maharashtra Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) will ask MPs, MLAs and MLCs why the accused mentioned in the charge-sheet of Dabholkar murder case have not been arrested yet under the drive ‘Javab Do’ to be held from July 20 to August 20.

Avinash Patil, executive president, MANS, Maharashtra, said, “On August 20, four years will pass since the murder of Dr Dabholkar. But the accused and organisations whose names are mentioned in the charge-sheet of the murder case have not been arrested yet. We don’t think police are incapable of arresting the accused. It because of lack of political will.”

Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar who are named in the charge-sheet were never arrested. Only Virendra Tawade is in jail. No action has been taken against any member of Sanatan Sanstha.

He added, “We have even met chief ministers, ministers asking them why the accused have not been arrested yet and we were promised that they would be arrested. Now, it has been four years since the murder. Hence, we decided to launch this drive called Javab Do. Members of MANS of respective districts will meet local MPs, MLAs and MLCs asking them for arrests in the case. We will meet them from July 20 to August 20.”

MANS members also said that Devendra Fadnavis, the chief minister, has no time to meet them. Patil said, “We have sent ten letters to the CM’s office and the acknowledgment for the same asking for the appointment of the CM is with us. We want to bring many issues from the delay in arrest of accused in Dr Dabholkar murder, to effective implementation of recently implemented Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act, 2016, and other issues.”

He added, “I had met CM in the last Assembly session in Nagpur, Mumbai. I had also met him at one private function. All the time, CM promised me that he would give appointment. However, we are not being able to get his appointment.”