Journalist Gauri Lankesh’s Killer Was From New Fringe Group, Says SourcesOctober 12, 2017 11:59
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Journalist Gauri Lankesh’s Killer Was From New Fringe Group, Says Sources:- The high level sources told a leading news paper, on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, that a fringe group with alleged pro-right wing leanings is behind the murder of journalist cum activist Gauri Lankesh. The source further added that “it is more than likely that the same men were also involved in the murder of rationalist M.M. Kalburgi”.
The sources said that the “bike-borne” assailant is reportedly from a new fringe Right wing group from Karnataka and Maharashtra. Lankesh was killed outside her home on September 5. “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. They have his sketch but have not released it in public over concerns that they could lose him,” said the officer.
“The SIT has allegedly tracked the killer’s movements and it seems that he had not travelled a long distance to get to his target that evening,” said the officer.
“The motive behind Gauri’s murder will become clearer with the first arrest in the case, which should be soon but the SIT has learnt that the late journalist had reportedly rubbed many people on the wrong side because of her liberal views and often sharp comments on social media, which did not go down well with many people,” he added.
The officer said the absence of eye-witnesses, is the biggest challenge before the SIT and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the Kalburgi case. He drew similarities between the Kalburgi and Gauri murder cases.
“There are no eye witnesses in both the cases. Kalburgi’s wife had very briefly seen the assailant, when she had opened the door on that fateful morning on August 30, 2015 but she couldn’t clearly remember the face, In Gauri’s case, also there are no eyewitnesses,” said the officer.
Kalburgi was killed at “contact range with two tandem (serial) bullets, which were shot at his forehead, Gauri was killed with three bullets, which were fired from a distance of three to four feet. The killers had used contraband, multiple shot 7.65mm pistol,” said the officer.