Pune: Leading anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune on Tuesday morning. Dabholkar was shot dead while on a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple.
Dabholkar was the editor of a weekly titled Sadhana. Initial reports suggest that four rounds were fired and he succumbed to bullet injuries in the Sassoon Hospital. The post-mortem report is awaited.
Dabholkar was at the forefront of a campaign to persuade the Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition and black magic Bill.
Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol, who confirmed Dabholkar's death, said police were investigating the motive but no suspects have so far been identified. Dabholkar spearheaded the "Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti" (Anti-Superstition movement) to change social mindset and inculcate scientific temper.