In view of the killing of Prof. M.M. Kalburgi this morning in Dharwad by unidentified miscreants using firearms, believed to be #Hindutva 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 #Bajrang Dal 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:
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 #complaint and may kindly be forwarded to the appropriate #police 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.
As news of Dr. M M Kalburgi being shot dead by suspected #Hindutva activists hit Twitter, Bhuvith Shetty, co-convenor of #Bajrang Dal'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 #Bajrangdal Bantwal, Ex-Prisoner, Campaigner @SowjanyaJustice, [needs translation], Photographer @BhuviClicks. I believe Music = @kschithra,Cricket = Srilanka"
Then it was UR Anantamoorty and now it is MM Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die a dogs #death. 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.
#Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, rationalists from #Maharashtra had been shot dead in cold blood after receiving threats from Hindutva organizations. The investigations for the #murder have been stagnant with allegations of cover up and a lack of interest in punishing the murders.
Supporters of the ruling #BJP 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.