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To,

Mr. S.K. Pattanayak IAS

Additional Chief Secretary, Home

of Karnataka

 

Room No. 222, II Floor

Vidhana Soudha

Bangalore – 560001

 

Dear Mr. Pattanayak,

 

In view of the killing of Prof. M.M. Kalburgi this morning in Dharwad by unidentified miscreants using firearms, believed to be extremists, it would be pertinent to bring to your notice a credible threat to Prof. K.S. Bhagawan as the 'next target'.

 

This morning, on 30 August 2015, a person by the name of Bhuvith Shetty ( His twitter handle is @GarudaPurana ), who claims himself to be the co-convener of in Bantwal claimed in a tweet at 10:41 am that it was Bajrang Dal who had wanted to kill U.R. Ananthamoorty and had actually killed Prof. M.M. Kalburgi. In the same tweet, he ominously warned that Prof. K.S. Bhagwan is next on the assassination list.

 

The screenshot of the tweet has been attached to this e-mail. (Annexure 1)

 

The url to the twitter profile @GarudaPurana is below:

https://twitter.com/GarudaPurana

This handle was probably changed to the one below, which was still deactivated or deleted.

https://twitter.com/BhuvithShetty

 

Once this threat was noticed and people began taking note, the handle @GarudaPurana was either deactivated or deleted by the said Bhuvith Shetty.

 

It must be noted that he had earlier claimed to have chopped off the hands of some Muslims. (Annexure2)

 

This e-mail may be treated as a formal and may kindly be forwarded to the appropriate official with jurisdiction to investigate this and take necessary action. The tweet itself is in violation of several section of the IPC and hence prosecutable.

 

I had tried speaking to Commissioner of Police, Mangalore City Police on the number 0824 2220801 but couldn’t reach him. I have left a voice message in his answering machine though.

 

In anticipation of swift and appropriate action,

 

With Warm Regards,

 

Nilim Dutta

Annexure 1
Annexure 1
Annexure 2
Annexure 2

1

As news of Dr. M M Kalburgi being shot dead by suspected activists hit Twitter, Bhuvith Shetty, co-convenor of 's Bantwal cell has claimed responsibility for anti-Hindu murders while issuing a threat to K S Bhagwan "you are next". (Note: earlier version of this line made it appear as though *I* was saying U A Anantamoorty was murdered - I was describing his tweet. Dr. Anantamurty died of kidney failure last August. He was not murdered.)

U R Anantamoorty and Prof Kalburgi were close friends and had angered Hindutva activists with their views on idol worship. U R Anantamoorty passed away last August.

Bhuvith Shetty who goes by the handle @GarudaPurana describes himself as

"Co-convenor Bantwal, Ex-Prisoner, Campaigner @SowjanyaJustice, [needs translation], Photographer @BhuviClicks. I believe Music = @kschithra,Cricket = Srilanka"

Bajrangdal co-convenor assumes responsibility for murders and issues threat
Bajrangdal co-convenor assumes responsibility for anti-Hindu murders and issues threat against K S Bhagwan

Then it was UR Anantamoorty and now it is MM Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die a dogs . And dear KS bhagwan you are next.

The Twitter account is now inaccessible. It is unclear whether Bhuvith Shetty deleted his tweets and account or whether Twitter suspended it for issuing threat.

Mangalore has been intimated

The location of the tweet issuing the threat was at Bantwal, near Mangalore, which has seen a steep rise in in recent years.

Others on Twitter have reported that he has earlier boasted about crimes as well earlier in July when he boasted about chopping off the hand of a Muslim for smuggling cows.

https://twitter.com/IrshadBajpe/status/621296111806865408

Bhuvith Shetty confessing to chopping off hands of Muslims
Bhuvith Shetty confessing to chopping off hands of Muslims

Further information awaited.

and Govind Pansare, rationalists from had been shot dead in cold blood after receiving threats from Hindutva organizations. The investigations for the have been stagnant with allegations of cover up and a lack of interest in punishing the murders.

Supporters of the ruling appear to have come to the defense of Bhuvith saying that he does not mean it and was just tweeting. It is a strange "just tweeting" to engage in, but given that the "young", "ignorant", "over-enthusiastic" person is also a role holder in a notoriously violent organization routinely implicated in communal crimes in the region, the excuses appear to be absurd. As absurd as the idea that a co-convenor's tweets on the murders of people his organization has issued threats to in the past, someone who proudly adds "ex-prisoner" to his profile should be considered an idle teenager. Apparently co-convenors in bajrangdal are snotty teenagers while the mobs thrashing people, chopping off hands or murdering, rioting follow said snotty teenagers.

This post will be updated as more information is known.