Demand immediate arrest of Comrade Pansare’s culprits.
Kolhapur: Various leftist organizations including four trade union centres , have condemned the dastardly attack on Comrade Govind Pansare and his wife on Monday evening. The couple was on an early walk when two motorcycle borne assailants opened fire at them and fled away.
The unions in a joint statement released condemned the attack on Pansare, a veteran CPI leader and also a long time leader of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) in Kolhapur and in Maharashtra was always known for his progressive and outspoken scientific views.
The release further added that of late, though 78 years of age, Pansare continues to be active in politics. He was at the forefront of the struggle against toll tax in Kolhapur since the past six months. About 15 days ago he gave a talk at the Shivaji University in which he exposed the real thinking of Nathuram Godse and showed how there was nothing to glorify there.
This was not liked by a section of the audience. About a week ago he gave a talk about the 26/11 incident in Mumbai where he made certain remarks about the ATS chief Hemant Karkare which were also not liked by a section of the audience. That signifies Com. Govind Pansare. He was never one to shy away from courting controversy if the truth demanded it.
“We call upon all democratic and progressive forces to come out in force to condemn this shooting. The shooters must be apprehended and brought to book. The Modi Government’s and Fadnavis government’s apathy and, at least implicit, collusion in such incidents has to end. We call upon the working class to take a lead in organising all the democratic and progressive forces against such fascist trends prevalent in India today,” the organizations stated.