Left parties, rights activists condemn murder

Left parties, rights activists condemn murder

Left parties, rights activists and intellectuals on Monday condemned the killing of Kannada writer and rationalist M M Kalburgi in Dharwad district, Karnataka, on Sunday.

“This is the third such killing by the forces of reaction and obscurantism, the first two being that of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in 2013 and veteran communist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in February 2015. The police have failed to identify and arrest the culprits of the earlier murders till today,” said the central secretariat of the CPI in a statement on Monday.

The rightist forces must realise that killing those with whom they differ will in no way put an end to rationalist thinking and the scientific spirit of enquiry,” it said.

“Prof  M M Kalburgi was known for his strong views against superstition, obscurantism and on scientific temper,” said the CPM politburo in a statement.

“The Communist Party of India (Marxist) demands that the Karnataka government and the police take speedy and effective action to apprehend the culprits and those behind this heinous crime,” it said.

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, Magsaysay Award winner Sandip Pandey, Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan, Sister Celia and Rukmini V P, in a joint statement with the National Alliance of People’s Movements, have said that the rise of religious fundamentalism was bringing democracy and secularism in India into serious question and may permanently and irreversibly destabilise the republic.

CPI (ML) leader and women rights activist Kavita Krishnan said, “CPI (ML) demands a speedy probe into Prof Kalburgi’s murder and thorough measures to probe the funding and training of Sanghi terror outfits.”
DH News Service