Ambedkarite thinker Krishna Kirwale found dead

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

2] Indian Express

Minor brutally raped, murdered by cab drivers in Kolkata


Sensation prevailed in the Park Circus area of Kolkata when a 12-year-old was kidnapped, gang-raped and brutally murdered by two Ola cab drivers on Tuesday night. The victim, a pavement dweller lived with her mother on the Brabourne Road. The duo, Shankar Shaw and Guddu Singh allegedly forced the victim into the cab after which this heinous incident took place. They were said to be in an inebriated state when they looked for their prey. She was reported missing at the Hare Street Police Station on Wednesday morning at around 5 am. Police investigations found the body that was dumped under a flyover locally known as Ma flyover. The autopsy reports revealed that the girl was raped in turns and then strangulated to death.

The accused duo arrested by the Kolkata police has confessed to doing this act. Ola officials said that the incident did not occur while on the platform. Its spokesperson further assured that the company will give aid to the authorities for probing the incident. Such incidents raise several eyebrows about the safety of children in our country.

Sources NDTVDeccan Chronicle

Qandeel Baloch: Brother strangles internet sensation to death in ‘honor killing’

In an ugly turn of events, social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch a.k.a Fauzia Azeem, was brutally strangled to death by her brother for the sake of their family’s honor.

“Qandeel Baloch has been killed, she was strangled to death by her brother, apparently it is an incident of honor killing” reported AFP, in a statement given by Sultan Azam, senior regional police officer in Multan.

Qandeel, a Pakistani model, was rather infamous for posting controversial pictures and suggestive videos on Facebook and other social media platforms. She shot to fame after promising to strip, especially for heart-throb Shahid Afridi, provided Pakistan won the T20 world cup. Coming from an orthodox background, her actions shocked and outraged many people of her community, including family and relatives.

Her brother, Wasim, as identified by the police, had gone to her residence in Multan to visit her. At night, when she was asleep, he strangled her.

According to reports, the model had asked for security, after receiving threats from her brother and family over her risque videos and statements, as they asked her to quit modelling entirely.

As per the Deccan Chronicle, Qandeel had requested for special security and had written to the senior superintendent of Islamabad, the interior minister and the director general of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), three weeks ago, as she feared for her life. However, no action was taken upon her repeated requests.

A police team has been dispatched in search of the suspect, Wasim, as he fled the crime scene soon after the murder.


Chennai techie murder: Court refuses to hear Ramkumar’s bail plea

In a latest development in the Swathi murder case, the Principal Sessions Court in Chennai refused to hear the bail plea of prime accused Ramkumar on Thursday.

According to The Hindu, Ramkumar was denied bail because the City Public Prosecutor raised concerns over the locus standi of the lawyer who appeared on behalf of the accused. The Public Prosecutor alleged that the lawyer had not obtained consent of Ramkumar or his family members for moving a bail application in the court.

Ramkumar failed to appear before the court during the hearing on Thursday as he is admitted to the Government Hospital in Royapettah. The accused attempted suicide to escape arrest in Sengottai.

In the bail petition, Ramkumar stated that he did not kill Swathi nor did he try to kill himself but claimed that some people who accompanied the police during his arrest had assaulted him, causing the injuries to his neck.

The next bail plea hearing has been pushed to 15 July.

As per an ANI report,  Ramkumar was arrested from Thirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu after a manhunt that lasted for six days.

Meanwhile, the Coimbatore wing of the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi has decided to file a defamation case against theatre personality and veteran actor Y Gee Mahendra over his controversial Facebook post regarding Swathi’s murder. In his post, he had accused the Dravidian parties (DMK and AIADMK), the Left party and women organisations of not being strong in their protests over the death of Swathi.  In an attempt to communalise her death, he claimed that the protests were not as strong as it should have been as the deceased belonged to a Brahmin community.

However, after receiving flak from social media users, he apologised to his followers and took down the post immediately.

Swathi, an Infosys employee was murdered in broad daylight at the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai on 24 June.



Sand-mafia Kills Tehsildar’s driver in hit-and-run case

PUNE: Two men involved in a hit-and-run case on the Pune-Solapur Highway bypass, were chased down with a help of a police bundobast planned for Praveen Dixit, Director General of Maharashtra Police.

A government employee had been killed by two men on Thursday night. The two men having links to the sand mafia, had allegedly hurled towards the victim on his scooter, and eventually left the spot on the same scooter. The police officers patrolling near the area for the bundobast tracked down the two men, in Tavera after chasing them some two kilometers. The news of their arrest comes in the wake of the recent raids that have been conducted on the mafia for illegally dredging sand from river banks, with the help of  mechanical boats.

The victim  has been identified to be Anil Jausinh Kale, a 55 year-old driver working under Suryankant Yewale, a tehsildar. As per reports, he had been attacked while returning home at 7 pm. He was rushed to the hospital after the men, Sachin Pandurang Mane and Navnath Kisan Ekad, attacked him. Kale eventually died.

The two were from Bhatnimgaon in Indapur, and have been arrested under the charges of murder, drunken driving, and rash driving. In-charge of Indapur police station, Inspector Madhukar Shinde investigating the case said, the revenue department has been conducting raids on the mafia for the past two months. Tehsildar and Kale had been on a covert operation to trap the mafia. Since then, Ekad and his members have sent Yewale many death threats.

According to Yewale, Kale and he had been planning to catch the sand mafia red-handed. And, Kale has been helping him in this covert operation for the past eight months.


Delhi University student found dead at friend’s house

New-Delhi: The body of 21-year-old Arzu Singh, a third-year student of Delhi University, was found in the ventilation shaft of her friend’s house in Delhi’s Model Town area.

According to the sources, Arzu Singh was missing for the past two days and her parents had file a complaint with the police. The officials however, started their investigation after the neighbors complained about a ‘bad stench’ coming from the house.

“She left for college on 2nd Feb and did not come back. This morning we received a call from police that her body has been recovered,” said the victim’s sister.

According to the reports, Arzu was in a relationship with Navin Khatri who was to get married to another girl on February 4. His parents did not approve of the relationship. Officials has stated that as of now the reports are clearly showing that, Khatri had allegedly strangled Arzu and dumped the body in the ventilation shaft of his house. The police have registered a case of murder and arrested Khatri after questioning several local people.


Laal Salaam Comrade!

As Govind Pansare was consigned to flames and became a memory in the minds of thousands, Pansare’s supporters vow to not let his ideologies be forgotten.

Pansare and his wife Uma were shot at by two unidentified persons on a bike, when the couple was out on their routine morning walk on February 16th in Kolhapur. Pansare sustained three gunshot injuries on his neck, armpit and on his right leg. The 82-year old activist succumbed to injuries on February 21st. Doctors informed that his wife Uma is out of danger.

A veteran Communist leader and social activist, Govind Pansare gained the confidence of the less fortunate sections of the society through his works to empower them. Pansare was involved in an anti-toll tax campaign, an agitation against a road development company in Kolhapur. He was against the system of tolls as he believed them to be sources of corruption. Pansare was a trade union leader and was against Voluntary Retirement System (VRS) as he saw it as a way of removing healthy and willing workers from the company.

A silence of 18 months

In 2013, Narendra Dabholkar, an anti-superstition activist was shot dead when he was out for a morning walk, near his home in Pune. Though the case has been transferred from the Maharashtra police to the Central Bureau of Investigation as early as May 2014, no developments in the case has been registered. Dabholkar’s supporters and his family has constantly been exerting pressure to bring his killers to the books, but in vain.

Govind Pansare actively supported Dabholkar’s movement against superstition and Akhila Andhashrddha Nirmoolan Samiti, of which Dabholkar is the founder president. Echoing Pansare’s strong Marxist ideology, he fought for the eradication of superstitious beliefs and practices.

A forgotten tale

In 2010, Satish Shetty, an RTI activist was stabbed to death while he was out on his morning stroll. The police filed a closure report late in 2014 due to lack of evidence in the case. However, the CBI has informed that the case would be reopened in the wake of Govind Pansare’s murder, of the same nature.

The link between the two cases is IRB Infrastructure Developers, a company that Satish Shetty raised questions against, for their alleged land grabs in Lonavala. This is the company Pansare was protesting against just before his death. The point of convergence is the murder of three social activists in Maharashtra in the past five years, an alarming act to say the least.

Oh Comrade, My Comrade!

Abhay Nevagi, a junior lawyer to Pansare in Kolhapur in the early 1980s writes: “Even as he remained an idealist, Pansare was never dogmatic”.

Govind Pansare is sure to be remembered through his earnest contributions and through the books he has authored. A popular one being his work on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj titled Shivaji kon hota? (Who was Shivaji?), an attempt to testify that Shivaji wasn’t anti-muslim, but fought Muslim kings on purely political grounds. More copies of the book have been sold in the last week, a validation that his ideas will continue to make impact on people.

As Govind Pansare’s supporters, leaders of the Comminist party and others bid farewell to the much respected secularist leader, they chanted in unison : “Laal Salaam Comrade!”

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