On the night of 5 September, Hindustan TimesGauri Lankesh was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in Bengaluru. It is believed that she was killed for her work against right-wing Hindu extremists. Bengaluru Police has released sketches of two main suspects in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Police said that they are still searching for the links to right-wing groups Hindustan Times Gauri Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views.
As per the recent report, The police revealed that Gauri Lankesh attackers came To Bengaluru a week before the crime, Gauri Lankesh was the editor of weekly Kannada tabloid magazine Lankesh Patrike:
- A columnist in newspapers
- A panelist on TV channels
- And an activist
“The accused were staying in Bengaluru for 7 days, to carry out their purpose and not the sketches of the suspect has been developed with inputs from some witnesses and our technical inputs,” said DK Police, IG Police.
Today (14th October) Police released the first videos and sketches of the possible suspects in the murder of Gauri Lankesh, Karnataka’s police director general of police (investigation) BK Singh, who heads a special team investigating the murder, said a set of three sketches were drawn up for two suspects based on inputs from people who reported seeing the men.
During a press conference, Singh said that “The two main suspects have been identified with the help of technical inputs and information from local sources… The suspects had been spotted in the area,” The official other than it said that motive, identity or affiliations of the killers are yet to be determined.
He further added that Police have struggled to find leads in the case, similar to the murders of several other activists who challenged extremist ideologies. “Can’t ascertain religion of suspects by external appearances like tilak or earrings as it could be done to mislead.”
Singh said ”By requesting the common man the public that if they find any kind of any kind of information about where these suspects stayed for that week,” that allegation organizations such as Sanatan Sansthorganizationseen involved were yet to be backed by their findings.
Singh said. “The bullets have been yet not received from other investigative agencies to compare them with those fired at Lankesh,” But till now they are sure that there is no connection between the murders of Lankesh and other prominent rationalists such as Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi.
“Till now many tried to rule out any connection to the murder with her professional life, but all other angles have not yet been ruled out. She was also an activist apart from being a journalist,” The officer said CCTV footage found from outside Lankesh’s house showed one of the gunmen briefly opening his helmet’s visor.
Another officer attached to the SIT told HT that special technology had been used for the first time in India to help identify the suspects. The officer said “A new technology has been introduced, named as training. Using a part of the face that was revealed in the footage, it was a side angle shot, we added general characteristics of Indian face types to come up with the sketches.”