HUBBALLI: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team which is investigating the murder of scholar M M Kalburgi has claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough in the case.
“We have definite clues regarding the murder. One thing is sure that the killers are powerful. We have ruled out family dispute or personal grudge in this incident”, said a senior officer from CID.
On the fateful morning of August 30, two years ago, the noted writer and epigraphist was lured out of his house in Dharwad by two individuals posing as students.
As soon as he stepped out of his residence, he was shot in the head from point blank range. The identity of the two motorbike-borne assailants has remained a mystery.
“The killers used a country-made weapon and shot Kalburgi twice from close range. The duo was not known to Kalburgi’s family, but it is too early to disclose details of our investigation,” the officer said.
“The investigation has almost reached the final stage. There are some reports that the CID is not working according to expectations. It is a very sensitive case. We have definite leads and will crack the case soon. Immediately after the firing, someone noticed the assailants, but their faces were not familiar to the witness. Everything will be revealed after completion of the investigation,” he added.
Day-and-night protest demanding arrest of killers
The Dr Kalburgi, Pansare, Dabolkar Hatya Virodi Horata Samiti has launched a day-and-night protest from Tuesday at the Mahatma Gandhi Circle here demanding the arrest of Kalburgi’s killers.
Hundreds of Samiti members took out a protest march from Basaveshwar College on Pala-Badami Road to Mahatma Gandhi Circle through the main roads of Gadag.
The protesters strongly criticised the apathy of the government in tracing the killers. They have also decided to stage protests on the 15th and 30th of every month till the killers are arrested.
Several organisations including the Dalit Sangarsh Samiti, Dalit Sahitya Parishat and others are participating. Samiti leader Prof Basavaraj Sulebhavi warned the government that if it fails to trace and punish the killers, continuous protests will be held at Bengaluru.