Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT reveals sketches of two suspects

Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT reveals sketches of two suspects

The special investigative team (SIT) which is probing the Gauri Lankesh's murder feels that it is not her writings as a journalist that lead to her murder, but it may have been her activism that could have instigated her killers.

"Two male suspects have been identified and sketches have been prepared based on information from our technical team and information from locals", said the investigating officer, adding that the three sketches have been prepared for two suspects based on different accounts. Gauri Lankesh, the editor of Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5 by unidentified assailants. The SIT probing her murder has released three sketches of two suspected assailants including that of the shooter.

The SIT, also released a clipping of the suspect riding a bike in a white formal shirt (TOI reported first that the suspect was seen in a white shirt and black pants on September 13).

"We have also obtained video clips of a motor cycle rider, who is suspected to also be involved in the commission of this offence", the note added. We were not able to identify anyone , As Reported By Siyasat.

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. The police suspect that the killers could be in the age group of 25 and 30. "The suspects had been spotted in the area", Singh said during a press conference.

Singh emphasised that they couldn't ascertain the religion of the suspects by their external appearances "like "tilak or earrings" as they can be misleading too". "We have so far found no link to the Dabholkar murder", BK Singh, who is heading the SIT told reporters, ANI reported. DCP (West) MN Anucheth, who is the lead investigating officer of the SIT, said: "We have used multiple artificial intelligence softwares during the investigation too, but I can not reveal their names of other details now". "We want the public to help us", Singh said.

The team is investigating "all the angles with a free mind", he said. "Even her life as an activist, for that matter", Singh said.

The SIT chief also clarified there are no reports available as of now to conclude if the same weapon was used for Gauri's and Kalaburgi's murder.

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

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