New Delhi: Seething over the murderous attack on veteran CPI leader Govind Pansari, Left parties on Saturday said that the incident was a reflection of the growing intolerance of divisive communal forces to freedom of expression and called for such "inhuman and anti-democratic moves" to be defeated.
Strongly condemning the attack on the prominent anti-toll tax protester, who succumbed to his injuries in Mumbai last night, six Left parties also charged that the Maharashtra government's failure to arrest the culprits reflected "utter inaction".
"The lethal attack on Comrades Govind Pansare and Uma Pansare reflects the growing intolerance of the divisive communal forces against freedom of expression.
"We appeal to all Left and democratic forces to rise against such onslaughts and defeat such inhuman and anti- democratic moves," the six parties -- CPI, CPI(M), Forward Bloc, CPI-ML-Liberation, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) -- said in their joint statement.
Urging the Maharashtra government to take "effective" action and arrest the culprits, the Left parties also called upon their respective party units to organise protests across the country over the attack on Pansare.
Pansare was shot at along with his wife by unknown assailants in Kolhapur on February 16 while they were taking a morning walk. His mortal remains were flown to Kolhapur on a chartered plane for the last rites.
"Despite widespread condemnation, Maharashtra government has so far failed to arrest the killers, suspected to be communal and reactionary elements. It shows utter inaction of the state government," the Left parties said.