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Being target for having liberal value is Dangerous says Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court referring to the murder of Journalist Gauri Lankesh said that the killing of people with liberal and opposing views is not only becoming a dangerous trend in the society today but is also giving a bad name to the country as well.
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The Bombay High Court referring to the murder of Journalist Gauri Lankesh said that the killing of people with liberal and opposing views is not only becoming a ‘dangerous trend’ in the society today but is also giving a bad name to the country as well.

The bombay HC bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre while hearing the petition seeking the court to monitor the probe in murder of  two rationalists- Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar made the above observations. Govind Pansare was shot on 16 February 2015 in Kohlapur and he succumb to the injuries on 20 February while Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune while doing morning walk.

The Court said that such murders are intolerant and they show that there is no respect for liberal and opposing views. Not only the person thinking and presenting the liberal view is in danger but the person or organization believing in such liberal views can also be targeted. This trend is of killing one’s opposition is very dangerous.

The Court further said that the investigations conducted by the authority Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Maharashtra Crime Investigation Department (CID)  into the murder of Pansare and Dabholkar have not yielded any concrete result so far.

The Court further said that with an increase in number of such cases and probe agencies lined up with such cases should take it as a challenge so as to protect any person not being killed for his opinions and beliefs.

The Court on taking a note that two accused-Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar identified by CBI in the killing of Dabholkar in 2013 are not traceable observed that the probe agencies should make maximum use of technology to nab the killers as they are outrunning these agencies.

The Court further said that the reports of probe cannot be made public but it is not wrong to say that the agencies are looking the matter from all the angles and that they are not ignoring the role of Sanatan Sanstha in the case as opposed by the families of victim.

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Mehak Sharma
Published on 13-Oct-17
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