The Hubli-Dharwad police has released sketches of two suspected assassins in the murder case of scholar MM Kalburgi.
The attackers had knocked at the door of Kalburgi’s house on Sunday 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.
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.
A CID probe was announced on Monday by the Karnataka Chief Minister into this murder case.
Bajrang Dal leader Bhuvith Shetty had tweeted a ‘welcoming message’ on Sunday hours after reports of Kalburgi’s death came in. He had said, “Then it was UR Ananthamurthy and now MM Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die dogs (sic.) death. And dear KS Bhagwan you are next.” However, Shetty deleted his tweet later. On Monday, the Mangalore police had arrested Shetty for his tweet.