India's anti-superstition campaigner killed by gunmen
MUMBAI (AFP) - A leading Indian rationalist, who was campaigning for a law to eradicate superstition in a country famed for its mystics and gurus, was shot dead on Tuesday, police said.
Two gunmen on motorbikes fired at Dr Narendra Dabholkar, a medical doctor who had faced accusations of being anti-religion, as he was taking his morning walk in the western city of Pune, its police chief said.
"He was shot dead this morning, our investigations are on," Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol told AFP, adding that no suspects have yet been identified.
Dr Dabholkar founded more than two decades ago the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti - the Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith - that aimed to change mindsets of India's deeply superstitious population.