New Delhi, June 22: Days after the Forensic Sciences Laboratory claimed that Parshuram Waghmare used the same 7.65 mm country-made pistol to kill Gauri Lankesh with which Kannada scholar MM Kalburgi, Maharashtra rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and Leftist thinker Govind Pansare was shot dead, the Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the sensational journalist-activist murder case found that the 26-year-old accused who is linked to a Hindutva group was not involved in the prior killings. Also Read - Suresh Raina Family Case: SIT Reacts on CSK Star's Concern, Says 'Conducting Raids at Various Locations'
“Different shooters seem to have fired the same pistols in the four murders. Different assassins have been used for each of the crimes and only two or three core members seem to have been involved in the planning and execution of all the four murders,’’ Indian Express quoted Karnataka police sources as saying. Also Read - Hum Agar Uthe Nahi Toh: Over 400 Rights Groups to Come Together to Raise Awareness on Issues Faced by Marginalised Sections
Waghmare, who is allegedly linked to Hindu right groups Sri Rama Sene, was taken into on June 11 by the SIT followung the information gleaned from four arrested men linked to Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS). Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death CBI investigation Day 2: CBI Team at Actor’s Bandra House, After Questioning Siddharth Pithani, Cook
While confessing to his crime, Waghmare told police that he didn’t know who he was going to kill and was asked to execute the crime to “save his religion”.
“I was told in May 2017 I had to kill someone to save my religion. I agreed. I didn’t know who the victim was. Now I feel that I should have not killed the woman,” Times of India quoted sources as saying. Waghmare further told the SIT that he was trained to use an airgun in Belagavi and was brought to Bengaluru on September 5.
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.