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Govind Pansare still critical, manhunt launched to nab assailants

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Kolhapur: The Maharashtra Police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the assailants who shot senior CPI leader Govind Pansare and his wife in Kolhapur.
Reports said that as many as 20 teams have been formed under the direct supervision of the Director General of Police to crack the case. An ACP level officer has been made in-charge of the investigation, reports added.

The Kolhapur Police are tracing all known history-sheeters in the city even as teams have been sent out nearby towns like Satara and Sangli.

Meanwhile, Govind Pansare is said to be recovering well to medical care but his condition is still critical. His wife is out of danger.

Pansare and wife were shot by motorcycle-borne around 8 am on Monday outside their home in Ideal Housing Society, when the two were returning after their daily morning walk from Shivaji University.

While Pansare was hit by bullets on the nape of his neck and another brushing his hand, his wife Sau Uma Pansare suffered a single bullet.

82- year old Pansare, a lawyer and writer, was leading a campaign against the collection of toll in Maharashtra. Fifteen days ago he was threatened and abused for speaking against the glorification of Nathuram Godse at a gathering.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has expressed shock at the incident and assured that sppedy probe will be carried out to arrest the guilty.

Condemning the incident, CPI (M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said such incidents are “becoming a sort of a routine matter” in Maharashtra.

“Yes, he was leading an agitation of Left parties against toll taxes…That has been a very popular and a very big agitation and surely there are vested interests who would lose because of this. They may be targeting.

“Also he has written a very popular book on projection of Shivaji and what actually the history was and how these are being used by all these Hindu communal outfits mainly Shiv Sena and the BJP. So that could also be one of the reasons,” Yechury said.

“So whatever be the actual reasons, proper investigation has to be done,” he said. He said the CPI (M) has given a state-wide protest call against the attack.

Leaders from other political parties have also condemned the incident.

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