Veteran communist leader Govind Pansare and his wife Uma Pansare were shot

Mumbai(PTI): Veteran communist leader Govind Pansare and his wife Uma Pansare were shot at in Sagarmala, Kolhapur on Monday. Incident comes after 15 days when Pansare was threatened for speaking against glorifying Nathuram Godse.

Two unidentified assailants on a bike shot four rounds of fire from a close range at around 8.00 am at Pansare and his wife. They both were out on a morning walk near their home.

Sources have said that Pansare was hit by two bullets, one near his neck and one in chest, while one bullet hit his wife. They both are being treated for their injuries at Astor Aadhar hospital. Pansare has suffered heavy loss of blood and is in a serious condition and Mrs Pansare is out of danger, say sources .

82- year old Pansare, a lawyer and writer, was leading a campaign against the collection of toll in Maharashtra. Fifteen days ago he was threatened and abused for speaking against the glorification of Nathuram Godse at a gathering.

This incident comes after the assassination of Dr Narendra Dabholkar and RTI activist Satish Shetty.

“We call upon all District Authorities to take urgent steps to nab the shooters. This is another case similar to Late Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder . We protest and appeal to CM MAharashtra To act Quickly, said Dr Kango CPI secretary in a statement.

Politicians across parties have condemned the incident.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted that he was deeply shocked about the ‘heinous’ attack.

Deeply shocked on hearing about the heinous attack on Govindji Pansare & his wife. I strongly condemn it. Spoke to Kolhapur SP. (1/n)

He added that he has directed the SP to speed up the investigation and arrest the assailants.He said 10 teams would be formed for the investigation which will be supervised by the DG.

Directed SP to speed up the investigation and arrest the assailants. 10 teams would be formed. DG to supervise the investigation. (2/n)

He said that he prayed for Pansare and his wife’s speedy recovery.

According to reports, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that he was concerned about the law and order in Maharashtra and for the safety of intellectuals and activists.

Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde condemned the incident and said that road blocks have been ordered all over the state to nab the culprits, say reports. Eknath Khadse said he strongly condemned the unfortunate attack on the CPI leader and his wife.

Praying for Govindji Pansare & his wife’s speedy recovery. (3/3)

Different organisations have planned protest demonstrations in Azad Maidan, Mumbai and City Hall, Pune against to condemn the attack.