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Just days after a photograph of Parashuram Waghmare and Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik went viral, the pro-Hindutva outfit has now started a fundraising campaign for the family of Gauri Lankesh's shooter.

Muthalik had earlier claimed that he did not know Waghmore, but, in a surprising turn of events, Sri Ram Sene posted a photograph of the shooter along with an account number through which people can donate money, reports The News Minute.

"Can you not share a portion of your earnings, a morsel of your food with patriots? Parashuram Waghmore's family is in a financial crunch. Please help them by donating money," the Facebook post said.

The Sene, on its Facebook post, had mentioned the account details of Parshuram's father, Ashok Waghmare.

Manchaleshwari Tonashyal, the women's wing chief of the Sene and member of Bharatiya Janata Party's Yuva Morcha, had also reportedly expressed her support to Waghmare as she took to Facebook and posted:

"There will be a Parashuram Waghmore born in every house if anti-Hindu activities continue to be carried out by elements who are trying to sabotage the foundation of Hindutva in this country," her Facebook post reads.

However, Muthalik, while speaking to TNM, had stated that Tonashyal had left Sene long back and that now, she works with the Bharatiya Janata Party. 

"Manchaleshwari left the Sene and joined the BJP a few years ago. The fund-raising is for a family which is suffering financially. It is being done only because members of the Sene are sympathetic towards a poor family. It is not being done at the behest of Parashuram Waghmore," Muthalik said.

Muthalik had rubbished all allegations involving any links with Waghmare, and that he was in no way related to the murder case. 

The murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh had created a nation-wide outrage. She was shot dead in front of her house in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017. Lankesh was a renowned Kannada journalist known for her strong anti-Hindutva stand.