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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Dharwad (Karnataka): M.M. Kalburgi, a renowned scholar of Kannada and a former Vice Chancellor of Hampi University was shot dead from close range by an unidentified person at his residence on Sunday.

Kalburgi, 77, was shot in the head from close range when he opened the main door of his house in Kalyan Nagar suburb, Dharwad police commissioner Ravi Prasad told reporters.

The bleeding Kalburgi was rushed to the civil hospital by his relatives where doctors declared him dead.

“We have registered a murder case and formed a special team to hunt down the assailant,” Prasad said.

According to a witness, two people came to Kalburgi’s house on a motorcycle and sped away after the crime.

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Dharwad is located about 430 km north of Bengaluru.

Though Kalburgi was controversial for his independent views on social and religious matters, he was a noted epigraphist and well known writer of old Kannada literature, especially Vachana literature.

Born in Yaragal village in Vijayapura district of north Karnataka in 1938, Kalburgi was a Kannada professor in the Karnataka University here.

He was a recipient of many national and state awards, including the Sahitya Academi award, Nrupatunga award and Pampa award.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

 

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Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead ; Protests Organized Across the State as Karnataka Comes to a Standstill

Senior Kannada tabloid Editor and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence.

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National and international media clike, condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and a fearless critic of right wing politics. Wikimedia
  • Reputed journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on September 5 by three unidentified men outside her house
  • Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”
  • Protests have erupted in various cities in Kerala following Gauri Lankesh’s murder

Karnataka, September 6, 2017 : Protests erupted across Karnataka on Wednesday morning condemning the dastardly killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence here on Tuesday night by three unidentified men.

Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.

People were seen gathered at the Town Hall here for a silent protest, holding placards. “You can kill a person but not their ideas,” read one placard.

Silent demonstration was also staged by journalist groups at the Victoria Hospital grounds, where the autopsy is being done.

Across the state, protests were witnessed in Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Koppal among other regions, where citizens took to the streets.

Journalists in Mysuru, wearing black ribbons around their shoulders, also held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.

Massive protests have also been planned across the country in various cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad among others.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also cancelled all his official programmes on Wednesday.

“CM has cancelled all engagements, including a day-long trip to Kerala in view of the developments since Tuesday night,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed shock and distress over the murder on Wednesday, saying “this can’t and should not be tolerated”.

Accusing the BJP of silencing dissent, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said it was a part of their ideology. “Anyone who speaks against BJP is silenced…” Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by three unidentified men who had shot her when she returned home from her office in the city.

Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”.

In November 2016, Gauri Lankesh was sentenced to six months in jail after a defamation case was filed against her for a report against Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. She was out on bail pending an appeal. (IANS)

 

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