Rationalist Prof. Narendra Nayak escapes assault attempt

Mangaluru: Eminent rationalist Prof. Narendra Nayak, who has been relentlessly fighting for justice in the RTI activist Vinayak Baliga murder case, escaped a possible attempt to assault him by outwitting
the miscreants on Wednesday morning. Incidentally, Prof. Narendra Nayak had prior information of a possible attack on him.

The incident occurred at 6.25 am when Prof. Nayak was heading towards Ladyhill from Lalbagh towards the Mangala Swimming Pool. Two strangers on a bike halted in front of his car and told Prof. Nayak that his car tyres were punctured. Prof. Nayak, who had checked the tyres before starting, sensed something was amiss and drove away without alighting, thus defeating the ploy of the miscreants.

Prof. Nayak said he strongly suspected the involvement of Baliga murder accused behind the act.

Prof. Nayak, who is facing a threat to life since he took up the Baliga murder case, has been provided a gunman for his protection.

However, the miscreants were aware that the gunman was not with with Prof. Nayak during that time. Prof. Narendra Nayak has lodged a complaint with Barke police and the
case has been entrusted to the CCB police. Following the incident, Prof. Nayak has been provided 24-hour protection by police gunmen.

Who is Prof Nayak?
Narendra Nayak is a rationalist and sceptic, who wants to promote scientific temper. He does this through debunking godmen. He is the current president of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA). In 2011, he founded an NGO called Aid Without Religion. A polyglot who speaks 9 languages fluently, Prof Nayak is also the chairman of the online forum Nastik Nation.

Attacks on rationalists

India has seen several high-profile attacks on rationalists in the recent past. Noted litterateur and rationalist, MM Kalburgi was shot dead, allegedly by men owing allegiance to a Hindutva group, at his house in Kalaburgi for his remarks on idol worship.

KS Bhagwan, another rationalist from Karnataka, received a death threat for his remarks on the Bhagavad Gita. Govind Pansare was shot dead in Kolhapur in Maharashtra while rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune for his campaign against religious superstitions and black magic.



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