KOLHAPUR (Maharashtra): Senior CPI leader and anti-toll tax campaigner Govind Pansare and his wife suffered serious injuries after they were shot at by some unknown assailants in front of their house here on Monday.
The incident took place around 8 AM outside Ideal Housing Society, when the two were returning after their daily morning walk from Shivaji University here.
According to preliminary information, around 8 a.m. two unidentified assailants accosted the couple on their morning walk and fired at least four rounds from close range before fleeing.
While Pansare was hit by bullets on the nape of his neck and another brushing his hand, his wife Sau Uma Pansare suffered a single bullet injury, Kolhapur Superintendent of Police, Omprakash Sharma told PTI.
They were rushed to a hospital here, where they are presently being operated upon. Their condition is said to be critical.
Police have cordoned off the area and hunt for the attackers is on.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and NCP chief Sharad Pawar have condemned the attack on Pansare.
"This attack is a matter of concern for a progressive state like Maharashtra," Pawar said.
Fadnavis said ten police teams have been formed to nab the culprits.
NCP Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule said the government must take strong action to stop such "cowardly acts".