Bengaluru: Famed Kannda writer and scholar also the former vice-chancellor of Hampi University, Dr. M M kalburgi was shot dead by unknown assailant on Sunday morning at his residence in the northwest city of Dharwad in Karnataka.
Two unidentified youths shot Kalburgi twice in his head around 8:40 am in his residence, said police. The youths gained entry in his home by pretending to be the writer’s students.
A shocked wife of the writer ran out of the house on hearing the gun shots. Within seconds, the youths escaped on a bike. The Dharwad police have launched an extensive manhunt to nab the killers.
An outspoken writer, Dr. Kalburgi had been provided police protection for the last six months because of his enmity with fringe groups in society. However, the police protection was withdrawn 15 days ago on the basis of his request. In the past, miscreants had pelted stones at him and raised slogans in public meetings.