Mumbai: Veteran Communist Party of India leader Govind Pansare (82) who was shot at on Monday in Kolhapur died on Friday night at a private hospital in Mumbai.

Pansare who had received two bullet injuries developed complications on Friday and was brought to Mumbai by air ambulance but breathed his last on Friday night around midnight.

The state police so far are clueless about the identity of Pansare’s killers. The police authorities claim they have managed to draw sketch of his murderers, with help of eye witnesses but have not released it, as they claim they want confirmation from his wife Uma who was also injured in Monday’s attack. Pansare was fired at while returning from morning walk.

Pansare was on forefront of the anti toll tax campaign taking place in the city. Besides this he had several run-ins with right wing Hindu groups in the recent past.

Pansare had received threats after he opposed organisation of Yagya which promised couples a male child.

The social activists fear investigations into Pansare’s assassination might suffer same fate that of the rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s murder. The police have not managed to arrest culprits despite one and half year has passed since Dabholkar’s murder.

Dabholkar was murdered in Pune in similar fashion, when he was having his morning stroll in August 2013.

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