While Gauri’s sister Kavitha expressed confidence on the Special Investigation Team (SIT)probing the case, brother Indrajit said he would move the High Court for a CBI probe.
The year also saw ousted AIADMK leader V K Sasikala’s return to central prison here with the Supreme Court upholding her conviction in a disproportionate assets case.
Two countrymade 7.65 mm guns and several rounds of ammunition were found in their possession.
The details have emerged with the arrest of one of the alleged shooters, Anup Gowda, alias Tahir Hussain, 27, a Bengaluru resident with history of crime.
The accused’s post read: “Not an iota of sympathy for Lankesh, and the killers should have shredded her body with bullets and even blasted apart her apartment. Serves her and her kind right for the damages these so-called journos have caused our nation (sic).”
The government is “honest” in its efforts to find those behind the killing and bring them to justice, he told the Legislative Assembly on the opening day of the winter session of the legislature here, which was marked by thin attendance.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in west Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, after she returned home from work.
“Who has done it…I am aware of it thanks to an update provided by the SIT. But I cannot disclose it now,” the minister said. He also said whether Lankesh was killed by left-wing or right-wing extremists or was it due to “some other thinking” was “one issue”.
The complainant quoted Guha as saying, “It is very likely that her (Gauri Lankesh) murderers came from the same Sangh Parivar from which the murderers of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi came,” in an interview to a news website.
While a systematic, professional investigation is being carried out by the Karnataka SIT, with as many as 121 policemen at its disposal, the element of luck that enables the convergence of multiple angles of investigation at a common `Eureka’ point still eludes the Gauri Lankesh murder investigation.
Sources in the SIT indicated that inputs on the illegal gun racket in Vijayapura emerged during the course of the investigation into the journalist’s murder.
A police officer, who is part of the team, confirmed that the picture had been extracted from one of the two video clips they had obtained from a CCTV camera.
Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT chief claimed the team was yet to analyse the evidence from the parallel cases. “There are similarities and dissimilarities,” he said.
According to sources, the portraits have been prepared using enhanced footage from CCTV cameras at Lankesh’s residence that captured the recce as well as the shooting, and accounts of eyewitnesses who have said they saw the suspects in the area prior to the crime
“Will more people be targeted? There is no respect for liberal values and opinions,” the Bombay High Court observed.