Kalburgi murder: New team formed, probe to start afresh

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The investigation by Karnataka CID into the murder of Professor MM Kalburgi is likely to start afresh.

Following discovery of new evidence, a team of 22 police officers has been constituted to look at the case individually first.

According to sources, the same firearms used to murder Kalburgi, were also used in the murder of Maharashtra rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pasare, said the Indian Express.

However since the probe regarding Pansare and Dabholkar involves other states, the CID felt they will look into their own backyard first.

A team once again revisited the crime scene and are scanning all call records. Further the sleuths been informed that the killers had stayed at a hotel in Hubbali. A team will visit the hotel to collect more details. We will expand the probe by the by, an officer said.

Dabholkar, 69, was shot with four bullets from a 7.65mm country-made pistol in Pune in 2013 . Pansare, 81, and his wife Uma were shot in Kolhapur in 2015 with five bullets from two 7.65mm country-made guns. Kalburgi, 76, was shot in his living room in Dharwad, with two bullets from a 7.65mm country-made pistol.

The police are now looking for more common factors in the three cases, including cell phone data and details about people in Pune in 2013 who stayed at certain hotels in Hubli and Dharwad before Kalburgi’s murder.

The Maharashtra SIT and the CBI probig the murders of Pansare and Dabholkar, respectively hadn’t noticed the similarities in murder weapons.