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BENGALURU: Condemning the murder of eminent scholar M M Kalburgi, the people of Bengaluru held a protest at Town Hall on Sunday.
The aim of the protest was to focus attention on the inhuman killing of a scholar like Mr Kalburgi, who was shot by two assailants in his residence at Dharwad on August 30, 2015. The assassination of Mr Kalburgi is similar to those of intellectuals Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Mr Govind Pansare.
The march was addressed by Prof S Shettar, Former Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Mr Dinesh Amin Mattu, media advisor to Karnataka Chief Minister and Prof MRN Murthy (Indian Institute of Science). More than a hundred people had gathered at the protest.
Prof Shettar said, “The government is weak in identifying the killers even in a small place like Dharwad. The police are trying to mislead the people by bringing in Mr Kalburgi’s property dispute. The direction of enquiry is changing every day.”
He also said that the government should not silence intellectuals and liberals, and that trying to muzzle the voice of free thinkers in a democratic country where freedom of speech exists is not a good sign.
Speaking to The Beacon, Prathibha Diwakar, a participant in the protest said, “I studied in Karnatak College, Dharwad. Mr Kalburgi was working as a professor there. Though I was not his student, I would listen to his talks at various programmes. His murder is very heinous. I hope the culprits are nabbed soon.”