SIT releases three sketches of two suspects in Gauri Lankesh murder case

RSS paid their tribute to a list of people from various walks of life including journalist Gauri Lankesh

RSS paid their tribute to a list of people from various walks of life including journalist Gauri Lankesh

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Saturday released three sketches of two suspects who had allegedly gunned down journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar area in Bengaluru on September 5.

The sketches have been released based on CCTV footage obtained and, according to the investigators; the attackers were in the city for at least seven days before the murder and inspected Lankesh's house and the locality.

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Gauri Lankesh, 55, a critic of right-wing ideology and a fierce advocate of secularism, was shot as she returned home early in September from her office. "We have prepared a sketch of the suspects", SIT chief BK Singh said. This rider is also suspected to be involved in the crime, SIT officials said. After several weeks of investigation, the police have finally managed to get the sketches of the killers prepared by professional artists. "They (suspects) have probably surveyed for a month to identify all the CCTV locations and use a path where there were no CCTVs", said an officer who is part of the SIT, requesting anonymity.

After almost a month of investigation and several hours of observing the CCTV footage, the SIT was able to bring out concrete details as to how the killers of Gauri looked. "We are now focusing on tracking these two people", Singh said. Mr. Singh reiterated that despite media reports there was no FSL report comparing the bullets found in Gauri's case with those used to kill scholar M.M. Kalburgi. The SIT has claimed that the man on the bike is one of the assailants aged between 25 and 35 years. "We have identified the make of the bike, and are in the process of verifying it".

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He further stated that they also have the video of the attack done by the suspects and they would be releasing it as well. "And like I said, only the professional angle has been ruled out so far and all other angles are still being probed".

Answering a specific question on the progress of the investigation, Singh said: "So far, based on the evidence at hand, we have only ruled out the work-related angle, every other angle including personal is still open to investigation".

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"If you look at the sketch in Kalburgi case and this, there is a lot of effort".

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