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Anti-toll tax campaigner Govind Pansare dies, to be cremated today

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Mumbai: Veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare, who was shot by unidentified persons near his house in Kolhapur earlier this week, succumbed to his injuries Friday night.
Pansare — who was in the forefront of anti-road toll agitation — and his wife were shot while they were out for their morning walk at Sagarmala area of Kolhapur city.

He was 82 and is survived by his wife Uma, who is undergoing treatment for the injuries she sustained in the attack, and 2 daughters.

Maharashtara Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, senior Cabinet ministers from both BJP and Shiv Sena, top Communist, Congress and NCP leaders rushed to the hospital on hearing about Pansare demise.

Condolences started pouring in from all over India following his demise.

Kolapur police have formed 10 special teams to nab the killers of Pansare, but so far there has been no breakthrough in the case.

A team of Mumbai police’s crime branch, which usually probes high-profile cases in the city, was conducting a parallel inquiry and had left for Kolhapur to co-ordinate with the local investigators, police sources said here.

The crime branch, known for cracking several challenging cases, will provide assistance to Kolhapur police in analysing the phone call records, among other things.

Lahane announced that Pansares body would be airlifted to Kholapur in the morning at around 10.30 a.m for performing the last rites.

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