Incident Summary:

02/16/2015: Two assailants opened fire on Govind Pandharinath Pansare in Kolhapur district, Maharashtra state, India. Pansare, a Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and anti-toll tax campaigner, died from his injuries on February 20, 2015; his wife was also wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Sanatan Sanstha.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Kolhapur district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Communist Party of India: Marxist (CPI-M)
Specific Description Party Leader: Govind Pandharinath Pansare
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Pistols were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. A source stated that the attack may have been motivated by "corporate interests." Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sanatan Sanstha No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"India: Rs 10 lakh bounty announced for info on Govind Pansare's killers," The Asian Age Online, August 3, 2017.
"Govind Pansare succumbs to injuries," The Hindu, February 20, 2015.
"Toll mafia or communal motivation?," DNA, February 17, 2015.