Outspoken Indian scholar killed by gunmen

Aug 31, 2015

By Al Jazeera

Renowned Indian scholar and rationalist, M M Kalburgi, has been killed after being shot by unidentified men in the southern state of Karnataka, police have said.

Police said on Sunday that two men came to Kalburgi’s residence in the town of Dharwad, nearly 400km from IT hub of Bangalore, and shot him after he opened the door.

Kalburgi, a recipient of several literary awards, including the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award, was rushed to the district hospital by his family members but died on the way.

Dharwad City Police Commissioner Ravindra Prasad told Al Jazeera that police was considering it as a case of murder and a “special squad” has been formed to work on the case.

He said the police did not suspect any particular group and that the investigation was under way with a “clean mind”.

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