Comrade Govind Pansare, a rationalist, communist and leader of the masses was shot by members of a right-wing organisation on 16 February 2015. He succumbed to the injuries and died four days later. Newsclick covered a daylong event in Kolhapur on his second death anniversary. Comrade Pansare wrote extensively on a range of subjects, including caste and the rights of minorities. He was always alive to the issues of the masses and was at the forefront of the agitation against toll tax in Kolhapur.
See the interview with Avinash Patil, President, Maharastra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (Maharashtra Blind Faith Eradication Committee) “Why are the Murderers of Dabholkar, Kalburgi and Pansare Still Absconding?” here.