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 to do recce before attacking Gauri Lankesh. SIT officials said investigation was on to trace the motorcycle used by the accused. Video clips of a motorcycle rider, who is suspected to be involved in the crime, have been obtained.
Mr. Singh said the accused were professionals and used a 7.65mm country-made pistol. However, investigation is yet to reveal the motive for the murder. Investigation had ruled out the professional rivalry angle and that the SIT was probing other angles.
The public could provide to the SIT any information that they may have about the suspected persons in the sketch, the motorcycle rider, the two-wheeler used by the suspects or any other information. The identity of those giving such information would be kept confidential. People giving information leading to the arrest of the accused would be rewarded, as already announced by the government, he said.
To provide any information, people could contact the SIT, Room No. 104, CID Office, Bengaluru; call 9480800202; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or WhatsApp 09480800304, 9480801701.
Meanwhile, the RSS this week paid tributes to 50 persons, including journalist Gauri Lankesh who was murdered in Bangalore last month, at the start of its three-day conclave here.
Sangh functionaries said the tributes were paid in the presence of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Several persons belonging to science, music, culture, literature and media who died recently were remembered for their contribution, RSS sources said.
RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale distanced the organisation from Yashwant Sinha’s criticism of the government over multiple issues, including its handling of the economy and its defence of BJP chief Amit Shah’s son Jay. “They are in the BJP and they should discuss the issues within the party. We will not discuss it as it is not our obligation,” Hosabale said in response to a question.
However, a fringe group with alleged pro-right wing leanings is reportedly behind the murder of journalist cum activist Gauri Lankesh. The report also claims that it is more than likely that the same men were also involved in the murder of rationalist M.M. Kalburgi.
Few days ago sources close to the investigation said the ‘bike-borne’ assailant, who killed the journalist outside her home on Sept. 5 is from a new fringe Right wing group from Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the Gauri murder case has reportedly identified the assailant and is tracking him to lay their hands on his network.