A Year Later, Police Still Haven’t Captured Dr. Narendra Dabholkar’s Killers

Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was assassinated last August, presumably because his battle against superstition and irrationality upset a few too many religious extremists.

It’s been a year now, and police are still no closer to achieving justice:

With just one deputy superintendent of police and two constables at hand to sift through three cupboards full of voluminous documents, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not even been able to begin its actual investigations in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case despite having taken over the probe two months back.

Exactly a year after the anti-superstition crusader was shot dead, the probe into his murder has effectively come to a standstill as the CBI is busy translating the documents that are largely in Marathi, an officer from the agency told [the Times of India].

The conspiracy-theory part of me wonders if the delay is due to the fact that Dabholkar was a controversial figure, tipping over sacred cows with glee. He was an important man, but he wasn’t necessarily a popular one. It’s easy to think the death of someone who didn’t criticize irrational beliefs (like religion) would be a higher priority for the cops.

(via The Morning Heresy. Portions of this article were posted earlier.)

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