Bengaluru: The government has recommended to hand over the MM Kalburgi’s murder case to CBI and until CBI takes over CID will continue the probe. This comes as a surprise as earlier Chief minister Siddaramaiah had ordered to hand over the murder case of progressive Kannada thinker and scholar MM Kalburgi, to CID a day after he was shot dead by two unidentified men.
The CM speaking to the reporters had said, “We have decided to hand over the case to CID.This incident should not have happened. It is highly condemnable. Whoever is behind this, we will catch them and punish them according to the law”.
The Hubli-Dharwad police has formed a special team to probe the murder case which has shaken the entire Kannada literary world. An associate of rationalist Govind Pansare from Maharashtra, Kalburgi had drawn the ire of some right wing activists for his remarks about idol worship by Hindus. He had also spoken against superstitions which had courted controversies.
On Sunday, the attackers had knocked at the door of Kalburgi’s house 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.