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

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