Crime India Kerala 

Gauri Lankesh Murder: SIT Releases Three Suspects’ Sketches

After 38 days of investigation, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of activist and journalist Gauri Lankesh on Saturday released three sketches of two suspects and sought help from the public to identify them. SIT chief B.K. Singh said that the sketches, including two different ones of a suspect, were prepared after analysing the CCTV footage and getting physical description of suspects from eyewitnesses. The SIT had questioned over 250 persons in the case. Investigation had revealed that the accused stayed at least one week in the area…

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Gauri Lankesh becomes first Indian journalist to win Anna Politkovskaya Award

Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 5, has been posthumously accorded with the prestigious Anna Politkovskaya Award, instituted by Reach All Women (RAW) in War. RAW, in a statement, said that it was honoured to award the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award for women human rights defenders from war and conflict zones jointly to Gauri Lankesh posthumously, and to a brave Pakistani activist Gulalai Ismaial, who similarly is fighting against Islamic extremism. Ms. Ismail has faced the death threats for speaking out against the Taliban…

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CPI(M) Polit Bureau Confirms, No Alliance With Congress

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau on Monday overruled a proposal by a section of the party backed by general secretary Sitaram Yechury to amend the political line to ally with the Congress and other Opposition parties. Mr. Yechury, according to sources, presented a nuanced view that the BJP needed to be dislodged from the seat of power. And to achieve this end, if need be, an alliance with the Congress or other secular parties should be allowed. This view was vociferously opposed by a majority of the Polit Bureau members, especially…

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Kerala priest rescued from ISIS, Meets PM Narendra Modi After Reaching India

Catholic priest from Kerala Reverend Tom Uzhunnalil, who was rescued from the Islamic State captivity in Yemen, arrived in New Delhi earlier on Thursday where he is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, Father Uzhunnalil said, “Very happy, thank almighty for making this day possible. All people who have worked in their own ways, I am grateful.” Shortly after his arrival, he left for a meeting with PM Modi. Father Uzhunnalil, who was released recently from the Islamic…

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Two potential suspects detained in Gauri Lankesh murder case

The Special Investigation Team, which has made little headway into the journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh murder case, has detained two youth who had moved suspiciously in the area before she was murdered on September 5 night. SIT officials said after scouting various CCTV camera recording they had found the two youth moving suspiciously in around R R Nagar area near the house of Gauri on the day of murder and they were being questioned. The investigation team had either questioned or taken information from more than 1000 people in the case…

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SIT to seek central agency’s assistance to solve Gauri Lankesh murder case

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) in charge of solving the murder mystery of senior journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh is now planning to ask for assistance from central agencies to nab the killers. Sources claim the investigation so far hasn’t recovered enough information to follow any specific line of investigation, and the state government may now request experts in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or other agencies to assist in the probe. “Except the footage from the CCTV at Gauri Lankesh’s residence, there is no other clue available. The team is looking…

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Gauri Lankesh’s Fate Awaits You, Kerala Hindu Group Leader Threatens Writers

It comes certainly at the worst time. Kerala Hindu Aikyavedi leader K P Sasikala, infamous for her inflammatory speeches, launched an attack on writers yesterday claiming the fate of recently murdered Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh also awaits them. While speaking in a meeting in North Paravur of Ernakulam district, 250 km north of the state capital, she proposed a laughable solution to such writers saying they should perform a “Mruthunjaya Homam” (a ritual to escape from the clutches of death) at Lord Shiva temples if they want…

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