Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated in mid-August, presumably because his battle against superstition and irrationality upset a few too many religious extremists.
The Pune crime branch Friday told the Bombay High Court there was no evidence to support allegations that Hindu right-wing extremists were behind the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and hence there was no need to hand over the probe to National Investigation Agency (NIA).
They also said Dabholkar was “never under threat” and therefore “there was no question of monitoring his activities”.
Mind you, someone involved with a right-wing extremist group had no problem expressing a complete lack of remorse after Dabholkar was killed:
The founder of one such group, Sanatan Sanstha, noting that he did not condone the killing, did not bother to feign sorrow over Dr. Dabholkar’s death.
“Instead of dying of old age, or by surgery, which causes a lot of suffering, the death Mr. Dabholkar got today was a blessing from God,” the leader, a former hypnotherapist now known as His Holiness Dr. Jayant Athavale, wrote in an editorial in the organization’s publication, Sanatan Prabhat.
But, you know, Dabholkar was “never under threat.” Even though groups like Sanatan Sanstha delighted in his death.
Somewhere, the killers are out roaming free and I worry that, because Dabholkar was such a lightning rod for controversy, the investigators aren’t working as hard as they could be. It’s pure speculation, but you would think after three months they would’ve gotten a *little* closer, no?
(Thanks to @freedune for the link)