Mumbai, Aug 20: The anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead on Tuesday morning in Pune, Maharashtra.
According to report, the eminent activist, had gone for a morning walk near the Omkareshwar temple when bike-borne gunmen fired shots at him.
He succumbed to injuries while being taken to Sassoon Hospital.
In 1989, Dabholkar had set up an organisation Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti to eradicate superstition. He was the founder president of the organisation.
During his 20 years campaign against superstition, Dabholkar had led crackdown on various inhuman rituals, babas and tantriks.
He had been persuading Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition and black magic bill in the state assembly.
Dabolkar who was the editor of "Sadhana" magazine, had also authored several books.
Meanwhile, Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol, who confirmed Dabholkar's death, said that police were investigating the motive but no suspects have so far been identified.