The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau expresses its deep shock and condemnation of the dastardly killing of Prof M M Kalburgi, renowned Kannada scholar, writer and former Vice Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi. Prof. M. M. Kalburgi was known for his strong views against superstition, obscurantism and for scientific temper.
Two unidentified assailants fired at him at his home at Kalyan Nagar, Dharwad, Karnataka from Point-Blank range, a similar pattern adopted by the killers of rationalist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in February 2015 and another rationalist leader Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in August 2013. It is shocking that both the cases remain unsolved. Extremist communal elements are suspected to be behind these murders. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) demands that the Karnataka government and police take speedy and effective action to apprehend the culprits and those behind this heinous crime.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) conveys its heartfelt condolences to all his family members.