New Delhi, June 17: Days after Parashuram Waghmare confessed to killing Gauri Lankesh, a poster is being circulated on social media, seeking financial aid to save the last of the six suspects, arrested in connection with the murder of the senior journalist-activist. “Come forward to help the man who has always saved our religion. His family is in deep distress,” the poster read. It also mentioned the bank details like account holders name, account number and IFSC code.
If reports are to be believed, people who are associated with Sri Ram Sene or Pro Hindu organisation are circulating the poster on Facebook and instant messaging application WhatsApp.
However, Pramod Muthalik, Sri Ram Sene founder and chief distanced himself and his organisation from the poster saying, “Sene has neither issued any poster nor it has make any official appeal to save Waghmare. His friends are trying to help him and his family,” Muthalik claimed.
Earlier on Saturday as well, Muthalik had said that there is no connection between Sri Ram Sene and Waghmare. “He is neither our member nor our worker. This I say very clearly,” Sri Ram Sene founder had asserted yesterday.
Speaking to PTI, Muthalik said when the Pakistani flag hoisting issue had come to light, it was said that Waghmare was a member of Sri Ram Sene. However, he said he has proved that Waghmare was not a member of Sri Ram Sene but of RSS. “I had shared his pictures sporting RSS uniform. I had said at that time that he is an RSS worker and not of Sri Ram Sene,” Muthalik stated.
On June 15, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the sensational Gauri Lankesh murder had claimed that Parashuram Waghmare was her assassin. “Waghmare shot Lankesh and the forensic report has confirmed that (rationalists) Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and Lankesh were murdered with the same weapon, which is yet to be traced,” a senior officer in the SIT had said.
Gauri Lankesh, a journalist with strong Leftist views and anti-Hindutva ideology, was killed at the entrance of her house here on September 5 evening last year, triggering a nationwide outrage.