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Kalburgi murder: Former Rama Sene chief detained in Mangaluru

The chief of a local fringe right wing outfit was detained here today by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) in connection with the murder of progressive Kannada scholar and researcher Prof M M Kalburgi at Dharwad on August 30, police said.

By: Express News Service | Mangaluru | Updated: September 3, 2015 9:09 pm
Dharwad saw protests on Monday over the murder of Kalburgi. (Source: Express Photo) Dharwad saw protests on Monday over the murder of Kalburgi. (Source: Express Photo)

A notorious right wing activist linked to fringe groups like the Sri Rama Sena and Bajrang Dal was arrested by police in the coastal Karnataka region of Mangaluru on Thursday for a provocative comment he posted on social media regarding the killing of Kannada scholar and researcher M M Kalburgi in Dharwad on August 30.

Prasad Attavar a former vice president of the Sri Rama Sena now linked to the Bajrang Dal, who was arrested in 2009 for an attack on women at a pub in Mangalore and in 2010 for links with the activities of notorious underworld extortionist Ravi Pujari, was arrested by the Mangalore Central Crime Branch police on the basis of a suo motu registered against Attavar.

Mangaluru police commissioner S Murugan said the police took up a suomoto case against Attavara following an alleged provocative Facebook post about Kalburgi on Thursday. Attavar has been booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity and criminal intimidation.

The right wing leader who achieved notoriety in 2009 after he held a press conference to announce that his associates from the Sri Rama Sena carried out an attack on women at a pub in Mangaluru allegedly expressed support for the attack on Kalburgi through posts on his Facebook account.

Attavar has himself denied posting any provocative messages on Facebook and has claimed that he has been consciously staying away from controversies over the last five years.

The arrest of Attavar in Mangaluru for provocative comments over the daylight shooting down of Kalburgi comes close on the heels of the August 31 arrest of a Bajrang Dal activist Bhuvith Shetty, from the neighboring Bantwal taluk, for an alleged comment he posted on Twitter threatening outspoken Kannada writer K S Bhagwan a similar fate as that of Kalburgi. The Bantwal police had arrested Shetty, 25, after taking up a suo motu case against the youth.

Attavar, unlike Shetty, is a seasoned operator working on the thin line that separates right wing Hindu activism and criminal activities like protection racket and extortion. Attavar was arrested by the Mangaluru police in 2010 after investigations revealed that he was a local organizer for an extortion racket run by self styled Hindu don Ravi Pujari who is based abroad.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka CID denied any link between the arrest of Attavar and the killing of Kannada scholar Kalburgi on Sunday. Inspector General of Police (CID) KV Sharath Chandra said that the arrest of Attavar is not related to the murder. “Our team is investigating the case but there is no development that can be shared with the media,” Sharath Chandra said.

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  1. Sam Crosby
    Sep 4, 2015 at 5:24 am
    You are just reflecting what propaa is being fed to you. There are a lot of people talking rubbish about Hinduism and if this was the case then the so called Hindu "fundamentalists" would have been on a killing spree for a longtime now. But this is not the case. The faith and philosophy will not work when invading re-ligions are still looting us and trying to destroy us, to insult and malign us. People like you have helped our enemies in the loot with your pseudo secular TV and web fed brains. There is nothing more secular than Hinduism.
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    1. Agastya M
      Sep 4, 2015 at 4:20 am
      Recently I visited a cop station for some pport matters. I had to wait until big sahib was free. I casually walked around and I kid you not. COPS WERE ALL PLAYING CANDY CRUSH. Sitting in a station at 11 am cops are behaving like 16 year old kids with their first phone. What on earth does fb or Twitter have to do with catching killers?
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      1. Agastya M
        Sep 4, 2015 at 4:14 am
        What is this? Instead of finding the killers these cops are playing lagori? The real killers must be laughing so hard at cops incompetence they may die of choking.
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          Vikrant
          Sep 3, 2015 at 8:18 pm
          This is under congress government. Terrorsits will be applauded and hindu organisation members sent to jail in the name of saffron terrorism
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            Vikrant
            Sep 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm
            This is Congress's secular model. Jihadis would be supported, killed terrorists would be hailed as innocent victims of police fake encounters and nationalist would be put in jail
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