Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said the government has announced Rs five lakh to those who could provide clues about the murder of noted Kannada progressive writer and scholar MM Kalburgi.
The identities of the informants would be kept secret, he assured.
Siddaramaiah met the families of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, the rationalists who were killed in Maharashtra, and Kalburgi, who was shot dead at Dharward in Karnataka on August 30.
The families demanded speedy investigation into the case. He assured speedy investigation of the case to them.
I told the relatives that the investigation is underway and we are hopeful of hunting down the killers. The relatives met me and demanded expediting the investigation to hunt down the culprits and find out who were the forces behind Kalburgi’s murder. Already we have taken up the case very seriously. In this regard, we have formed eight teams who are investigating the case.
— Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Chief Minister
The CM also informed the families that the case will be handled by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) and not the Crime Branch of India (CBI).
He has promised stringent action against people who make instigating comments and Karnataka’s version of Maharashtra anti-superstition bill.
(With PTI inputs)