Police draw a blank in Kalburgi murder probe

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Bengaluru, Oct 30: The investigation into the murder of Professor M M Kalburgi hangs on theory and there is not a single concrete lead so far in the case.

The police would be hoping that the un-identified body found in Belagavi two days back is that of Rudra Patil who has been termed as the mastermind of the attack.

MM Kalburgi

However, there is no confirmation as yet on whether the body is that of Patil's or not. His parents, who live in Belagavi, will be asked to identify the body, but that may hardly help as Patil had not met them in ten years.

Not a trace:

Police officials say that there is no trace what so ever in the case.

"We are still trying, but as of now there is nothing concrete," an officer associated with the probe informed.

"So far we have found the motive and can say that it is the same gang which also killed Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, two rationalists from Maharashtra."

Meanwhile a special team from Maharashtra too visited Belagavi to identify the body that was found.

The body, which was found in the forest area was pumped with two bullets and the incident, is said to have occurred on Oct 18.

The special investigating team of Karnataka too visited Belagavi to identify the body.

However, they say more or less it is confirmed that the body is not that of Patil's.

"However, we are still ascertaining," the police say.

Sketches lead nowhere:

After the murder of Kalburgi, the police had released the sketches of two suspects. However, that has proven to be a futile exercise.

The sketches were pasted in several places, but not a single person has come forward to give information thus giving the indication that the sketches may be wrong entirely.

The investigating team, however, say that they have not lost hope.

"We are aware that it is a wide spread network that is behind the murder and it would take some more time. Moreover, this is clearly a inter-state related case and we are working closely with Maharashtra to crack the case," police officials added.

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