Kalaburgi murder: A year on, probe still stuck in a loop
Bengaluru, Aug 30: It has been a year since rationalist, Prof M M Kalaburgi was shot dead. While campaigns have begun seeking justice for the slain rationalist, the probe into his murder appears to be in a loop.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah said that the investigating team would crack the case soon.
The probe, if one were to look at it, is stuck in a loop and is largely dependent on the ongoing probe into the murders of rationalists, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar who were killed in Maharashtra.
In a loop
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which is probing the case has found similarities in the murders of Pansare, Dabholkar and Kalaburgi. The closest that the CID got to the accused was following the arrest of Virendra Tawde. He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
CID officials say that they had sourced the bullets and cartridges used in the murders of Pansare and Dabholkar. The CID was able to link the murders based on Ballistic fingerprinting. Forensics also revealed that the markings on bullets and cartridges fired from the gun used to kill Dabholkar, and one of the two guns used to kill Pansare, were identical.
Further a second gun which was used in the murder of Pansare was also found to be similar to the one used in the Kalaburgi killing. The CBI which is probing the Pansare case has sought the opinion of an international agency. Once the report is available the CID in Karnataka too would get more information.
The CID which is probing the role of the Sanathan Sanstha is also focusing on the four missing persons involved in the Goa 2009 blasts. Jai Prakash, Rudra Patil, Sarang Kulkarni and Praveen Limkar are under the scanner of the investigators.
The CID is also probing the conversation between Tawde and Akolkar. It was found that the name of Kalaburgi had cropped up during the discussions between these persons.