FLAC demands CBI inquiry into Dabholkar`s killing

Free Legal Aid Committee demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of one of Maharashtra`s anti-superstition campaigner, Narendra Dabholkar, in Pune.

Jamshedpur: Free Legal Aid Committee (FLAC), a social organisation spearheading movement against superstition in Jharkhand, on Wednesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of one of Maharashtra`s anti-superstition campaigner, Narendra Dabholkar, in Pune yesterday.

FLAC chairman Premji said he would demand a CBI enquiry into the gunning down of Dabholkar, who had been campaigning for genuine social cause.

Appealing the political parties to refrain from politicising the issue, Premji said real tribute to the prominent rationalist and social activist would be appreciated if all political parties including Maharashtra government as well as the Union government would pass the anti-superstition bill pending with them respectively.

While the anti-superstition and anti-black magic bill was pending with the Maharashtra government since last year, a similar central bill was pending with the Union Government for over three years, he claimed.

Bihar had enacted the law in 1999 following a massive campaign launched by FLAC and Jharkhand had adopted it a year after it gained a statehood in 2000, he said adding that Chhattisgarh followed suit four year later while Rajasthan framed the law to deal with the superstition and black magic in 2009.

Dabholkar was shot dead on Tuesday while he was on a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple in Pune.

PTI