‘DAD, UNCLE BEHIND MY HUBBY’S DEATH; LET LAW PREVAIL’
STILL reeling from the shock of watching her husband get hacked to death, a traumatised Amruthavarshini on Saturday alleged her millionaire father Maruthi Rao and uncle Shravan were behind the murder. “Whoever is behind this should be dealt with strictly as per the law, even if it requires death. But I’m sure my father and uncle are involved as they did not like my marriage with Pranay,” the pregnant woman said. P Pranay Kumar was killed by an unidentified assailant here on Friday. Amruthavarshini said she had long been harassed by her family to end her relationship with Pranay. Her father reportedly also tried to force her to abort her pregnancy.
She said Rao was a highly influential person and kept a tab on them. “Wherever we went, whatever we did, he would get information in seconds. His people are all around. They had been threatening to kill Pranay from the beginning. But Pranay did not worry, and promised to be with me always.”
THE Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the Gauri Lankesh murder case, is now on the look-out for two people - Nihal alias Dada and Murali alias Shiva - who are said to be the brains behind the killings of four rationalists and several bomb blasts.
Meanwhile, following a tip-off by SIT from Amol Kale’s diary which mentioned a ‘mechanic’, the Maharashtra police have arrested another accused Vasudeo Suryavanshi alias ‘Mechanic’. The arrest of these two men is expected to be the main part of the investigation which would help the police find out the organisations suspected to be behind the murders.
Though Nihal is the Dada whom the investigating teams are looking for, the fact that Murali is the man behind all the killings and blasts have been revealed by the Maharashtra AntiTerror Squad (ATS) officers in their Investigative Report (IR).
Excerpts of this report has been revealed by an investigating officer to TNIE. Its arms cas- Multiple agencies, including SIT in Karnataka, ATS in Mumbai and the CBI, are looking for Murali and Nihal. There were many more in the “hit list” prepared by this unnamed organisation, but before Raut and Pawar could execute the hit in Mumbai, the Karnataka Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Gauri’s murder arrested Kale. After Kale’s arrest, all of Murali’s recruits went into hiding.
es involving Vaibhav Raut, Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanva Gondhalekar, Shrikant Pangarkar and Avinash Pawar mentions Murali as an “elusive figure” and calls him the brain behind several bomb blasts and the murders of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, MM Kalburgi in Dharwad, Govind Pansare in Kolhapur and Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.
“He is also the chief recruiter for a shadowy organisation spanning Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa that spread terror. Murali headed the unit responsible for the blasts and the killings. Amol Kale (37) engineer from Pune who was arrested for murdering Lankesh, was his deputy. Virendrasinh Tawde, accused of murdering of Dr Dabholkar, reported to Kale,” the report says.
Meanwhile, as TNIE had reported earlier, the report mentions that it was in 2014 that some of these people from several right-wing organisations, named in Kale’s diary, met at a conference organised by Sanatan Sanstha in Goa.
“This is one of the important milestones in the terror organisation built by Murali. He met Raut and eight others, some of whom have been arrested for their alleged involvement in Gauri’s murder,” it states.
Hunt for Murali, Nihal