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Hubballi: Chandrashekar Guruji of ‘Saral Vaastu’ fame was stabbed to death in Hubballi on Tuesday. The assassins had come disguised as his devotees to a private hotel in Unakal near Hubballi city.

According to the police, the culprits took Chandrashekar’s blessings by touching his feet first when he was at the hotel reception. Catching him unawares, the miscreants then stabbed him repeatedly.

Police said that Chandrashekar had been stabbed multiple times on chest and abdomen. After Guruji collapsed in a pool of blood, the assailants escaped from the spot.

Preliminary investigations have suggested that persons known to Chandrashekar may have committed the crime.

The police have taken Vanajakshi, a former employee of Sarala Vaastu Company run by Chandrashekar, into custody to question her, according to sources.

The police have identified the alleged killers as Manjunath Dummavada and Mahantesh Shirur. Manjunath was a former employee. Mahantesh’s wife Vanajakshi - detained for questioning, had worked for Chandrashekar.

Hubballi and Dharwad Police Commissioner Labhu Ram has rushed to the spot and monitoring the investigation. He said 5 special teams have been formed to nab the killers and investigation would be conducted by an officer of the rank of ACP.

Police said Chandrashekar was stabbed more than 50 times. The police are gathering information from the CCTV footages. The motive of the killing is yet to be ascertained.

Chandrashekar Guruji was one of the most popular vaastu experts. He had regularly featured on television and was one of the known faces in the state. Further investigation is on.

Police sources explained Chandrashekar had bought properties in the name of former employee Vanajakshi. His firm suffered losses due to Covid pandemic. Chandrashekar had asked Vanajakshi to return certain property to him.

However, Vanajakshi’s husband did not want to return any property to Chandrashekar.

Chandrashekar was pressurising them to return the property to him and killed for the same reason, police sources said.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Home Minister Araga Jnanendra and Minister for Revenue R. Ashok paid their condolences on the brutal killing of Chandrashekar and assured that killers would be nabbed at the earliest.