BENGALURU: Religious leader Veerabhadra Chennamalla Swamiji of the Nidumamidi Mutt said here on Sunday that he too is on the hit list of public figures sought to be assassinated.
He said that it is being rumoured that five people are on the list of people who will be killed eventually. "Gauri Lankesh and MM Kalburgi have already been murdered. I could be next on the list, or it could also be K S Bhagwan," he said.
KS Bhagwan is a rationalist and Kannada writer.
"I have been warned time and again that I would be next in line after Gauri Lankesh and M M Kalaburagi," said Veerabhadra Chennamalla Swamiji said on the sidelines of the Periyar Awards organised by Vicharavadigala Vedike Karnataka in Bengaluru on Sunday.
"While Kalaburagi's was a religious killing, Gauri's was a political one," he said.
Reformed gangster Agni Sridhar said there was no need to fear the Sangh Parivar members. "If there is someone we need to fear they are the sleeper cells of the Sangh Parivar who do not associate themselves with the RSS but are part of other parties such as the Congress," he said.
He said Gauri Lankesh's killers were not paid killers but trained assassins. "If they were paid killers, they would have been discovered," he added.
Rationalist and writer Kotiganahalli Ramaiah was given the award for the year 2016 and activist Gauri Lankesh was presented the Periyar Award posthumously for the year 2017.
Gauri Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home in Bangalore on the night of September 5.