How Gauri Lankesh was shot dead: The story of college dropout Parashuram Waghmore

Gauri Lankesh’s murder is the story of a religious crime syndicate that plotted her assassination for over a year. It’s also the story of Parashuram Waghmore, who once raised a Pakistan flag to instigate a communal clash… Part 2 of our special series.
Parashuram Waghmore
Parashuram Waghmore
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This is part 2 of a three-part series on the Gauri Lankesh murder. Read part 1 here and part 3 here.

At the age of 20, Parashuram Waghmore had dropped out of his B.Com course in a college in Raichur, and returned to his hometown of Sindagi where his family lived. A body-building enthusiast, Parashuram found employment with his uncle, who ran a utensil shop in the town. Young and yearning to do something more with his life, Parashuram readily agreed when a group of Sri Ram Sena members approached him to attend one of their meetings on protecting the Hindu religion. This was in the beginning of 2012, and in just a couple of weeks, Parashuram was so convinced by the group’s ideology that he was part of a team that hoisted a Pakistan flag outside the Tehsildar’s office in Sindagi, inciting a communal clash in the town.

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