Eminent writer and Ambedkarite thinker Dr. Krishna Kirwale was found dead at his residence near Shivaji Vidyapeeth in Kolhapur on March 3. The suspect who stabbed the victim to death has been has been taken under police custody. The police suspect that the murder might have been be a fallout of a financial dispute between the two.
The suspect who was tracked down within hours of the murder was identified as Pritam Patil who is also a resident of Kolhapur. The police has remained tight- mouthed about the motive behind the murder.
The murder of Kirwale comes two years after the murder of veteran communist leader Govind Pansare, also a Kolhapur resident. Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde condemned Kirwale’s murder and said that the incident reflects the poor law and order situation in the state.
Born in Beed district in Maharashtra, Kirwale had completed his PhD from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in 1987. The 62 year old Ambedkarite retired as the Head of Department of Marathi in Shivaji Vidyapeeth a couple of months ago. The writer was also the chief of Dr. Babasaheb Centre for Research and Development. His major literary contributions were biography of Marathi writer Baburao Bagul and the ‘Dictionary of Dalit and Gramin (Rural) Literature’. He regularly contributed to newspapers and was known for studying progressive movements and Dalit literature in Maharashtra.
Source: 1] Hindustan Times