Prominent Dalit writer stabbed to death in Kolhapur; motive not clear

By Staff Reporter

Eminent writer and political thinker Dr Krishna Kirwale was found dead at his MHADA residence in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Initial reports suggest that it was a case of murder, and the police have arrested one person in this regard. However, the motive for the murder remains unclear as of now.

Dr Kirwale, who had contributed immensely to the Ambedkarite movement, was the chairperson of 31st Asmitadarsh Sahitya Sammelan which took place in Jalgaon, North Maharashtra in 2012. His research and his area were Ambedkari Jalsa.

Dr Kirwale had authored a book called ‘Dalit Chalwal And Sahitya, Samagra Lekhak Baburao Bagul’ (Dalit Movement and Literature. Writer Baburao Bagul.) He was also the dean of the department of Marathi in Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the police arrested a suspect, identified as Pritam Patil, hours after Kirwale’s body was discovered. Preliminary investigation revealed that Patil was a resident of Kolhapur, but police refused to divulge any details.

Kolhapur is the same place where Dr Pansare was killed. Interestingly, Dr Kirwale was known for his intellectual activism. Reports in social media suggest that IPS Vishwas Nangare Patil was at the place along with other activists who were raising slogans near the house of Dr Kirwale.  gathered activists made sounds and began slogan.

Dr Kirwale was born in Beed district on 4 May 1954 and completed his PhD from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Maratha University in 1987.