The test result for coronavirus was confirmed after his death in Karnataka's Kalburgi. Karnataka's Health Minister, B Sriramulu, confirmed the same.
Kalburgi, a former vice-chancellor of Hampi University and well-known epigraphist, was shot dead at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015.
SIT sources said the name of Sachin Andure, a suspect in Dabholkar's murder case, was allegedly found in a diary they seized from Amol Kale, the suspected mastermind behind Gauri Lankesh's murder.
The SIT has arrested 12 people including the alleged mastermind Amol Kale and sharpshooter Parashuram Waghmare.
Sources in the Karnataka SIT said they had learnt that the counsels of the accused are in a ‘wait and watch’ mode, as other agencies were also keen to take the accused into their custody.
A senior official in the SIT also said that the forensic report confirmed that Govind Pansare, Kalburgi and Lankesh were murdered with the same weapon.
The gang that killed scholar MM Kalburgi in 2015 is suspected to be involved in Gauri Lankesh murder in 2017.
The ballistic reports submitted by forensic experts had revealed that the same 7.65 mm country-made pistol was used in both the murders.
This is the first official confirmation of the link between the two killings which happened after a gap of two years of each other.
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.
The CID will share the details of its probe into the killing of rationalist MM Kalburgi with the Special Investigation Team probing the Gauri Lankesh case.
Chetan Rajhans in an interview to a TV channel said that why are people silent over Lankesh getting convicted in the Prahlad Joshi defamation case.
The unfulfilled assurances from the government after the murder have frustrated his family members.
Senior CID officer claims to have achieved a major breakthrough in the case with definite leads; rules out grudge, family disputes.