Bengaluru: Kalburgi’s murder: CID probe ordered by Karnataka govt

Bengaluru (PTI): A CID probe was today announced by the Karnataka Chief Minister into the murder of progressive Kannada thinker and scholar M M Kalburgi at his residence at Dharwad in north Karnataka.

“We have decided to hand over the case to CID…. This incident should not have happened. It is highly condemnable,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters here, a day after Kalaburgi was shot dead at point-blank range by two unidentified men.

77-year-old Kalburgi was an associate of rationalist Govind Pansare of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, who also fell victim in similar circumstances in February, and had drawn the ire of some right-wing Hindu outfits like VHP and Bajrang Dal with his remarks about idol worship by Hindus.

He had often spoken against superstitions and courted controversies with his outspoken stand.

At Dharwad this morning, hundreds of admirers of Kalburgi paid last respects to him. The funeral will take place later in the day today.

Yesterday, the attackers had knocked at the door of Kalburgi’s house claiming to be his students and as it was opened, they pumped bullets into his forehead and chest and fled. He died in a hospital.

“Whoever is behind this, we will catch them and punish according to law,” said the Chief Minister, who visited Dharwad to pay last respects to Kalburgi yesterday.

Asked if the sleuths have got any clues, Home Minister K J George said the probe was being started. “It will be investigated from all angles.”

The Hubli-Dharwad police had announced a special team to probe the murder that has shaken the Kannada literary world.

Kalburgi had raised the hackles of right-wing outfits when he made certain remarks about idol worship by Hindus that were considered “derogatory” and “blasphemous” and also led to protests by them.

A winner of central and state “Sahitya Akademi” awards, he had also suggested the need for a better state anthem.

Part of his works on “Vachana”(verses)” literature had also come under criticism of the state’s majority “veerashaiva” (Lingayat) community, a liberal Shaivism founded by 12th century philosopher, poet and social reformer Basaveshwara.

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  1. Dear readers,

    Is “Ab ki bar Modi sarkar’ heading towards Bangladesh way of fundamentalism?There are already 5 murders of bloggers which has been already condemned by UNESCO chief.

    It should be noted that Late Kalburgi not alone in this cause.In earlier investigation the Maharashtra Police has gathered important information that points towards the Sanatan Sanstha and its front, the Hindu Janjagriti Samiti, possibly being responsible for the murders of rationalists and activists like Narendra Dabholkar in 2013 and Govind Pansare two weeks ago. Dabholkar is the founder of “Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), an organisation set up to eradicate superstition in 1989, to remove Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Ordinance which triggered by his murder on 20 August 2013.

    Why investigating agencies believe Sanatan Sanstha is behind Dabholkar and Pansare’s murder

    Dabholkar,Kalburgin not alone in the list of saffron terror. In the previous event noted Modern Indian painter of International acclaim,M.F.Hussain was forced to take citizenship of Qatar.While Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy a vocal critic of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party/Jan Sangh for over 50 years, Murthy said in 2013 that he would not live in the country ruled by BJP leader Narendra Modi.Later he left the universe in dignity.

    The Karnataka government should widened the investigation of Kalburgi murder to Maharashtra. The saffron terror organisation like ‘Ram Sena’ and ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ should be kept under watchful eye.

    If law and order situation was further deteriorated the Siddaramaiah’s exit is definate. For the RSS political wing BJP communalism is the only tool to keep them in power by divisive politics. Unfortunately no party in India knows how to counter the real threat to national unity.

    Jai hind

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