Kalburgi’s wife identifies his killer: Report

July 18, 2019

New Delhi: Slain karnataka scholar M M Kalburgi’s wife Uma Devi has identified his killer who is learnt to be one 27 year-old Ganesh Miskinin, according to a report in the Indian Express on Thursday.

Kalburgi, 77, was murdered at the doorstep of his home in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015 by a suspected activist of a Hindutva group as he has been speaking about superstition in Hinduism. Kalburi was Kalburgi was a progressive voice among Lingayat, a politically powerful religious group in Karnataka state politics.

The newspaper report said Miskin was earlier identified by a Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) one of two men allegedly involved in killing journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru in September 2017.

It quoted Kalburgi’s son, Shreevijay Kalburgi, as saying “She identified the culprit in the identification parade today. The name of the person who was identified was not disclosed to us.”

But the news paper quoting sources in SIT said the individual identified by Umadevi was Miskin, who comes from Hubli region of Karnataka and was arrested last year in connection with the Lankesh murder case.

It said  SIT probe in Karnataka has revealed that the same gun was used to kill Lankesh, and Kalburgi as was used to kill Govind Pansare, 81, a  thinker with leftist leanings, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, in February 2015. A second gun used in the Pansare killing was earlier used to shoot rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, 69, in Pune in August 2013.

–India News Stream