Born on July 15, 1931, Bhatt was a native of Zanzmer village of Bhavnagar district of Saurashtra region in Gujarat. He had done his Bachelor of Commerce from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (Vadodara).
“As per our information, Keshri had gone to the centre in connection with some story. However, nobody knows what happened and suddenly he was found hanging. He used to work with the Rashtriya Naveen Mail and also for the training of sahiyas,” said Santosh Srivastava, a Palamu-based journalist.
Gauri Lankesh was the editor of ' Gauri Lankesh Patrike' a weekly Kannada tabloid, besides owning some other publications. In her works, she had often voiced her opinions against the communal politics, caste system as well as against the establishment.