Gauri Lankesh killers’ identity will be revealed soon: Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in west Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, after she returned home from work.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: November 12, 2017 1:01 pm
Gauri Lankesh, Gauri Lankesh murder case, Karnatak Home Minister, Ramalinga Reddy, Gauri Lankesh SIT probe Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in west Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, after she returned home from work. (File Photo)

A special investigation team of the Karnataka Police is within striking distance of those involved in the September 5 killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh and the results of their investigation will be evident later this month, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said here on Saturday. Reiterating that the team had identified the persons involved in the murder, he said further details would be revealed within a couple of weeks.

“Unlike in the murder cases of (Narendra) Dabholkar and (Govind) Pansare (in Maharashtra), the SIT has definite clues and knows the identities of the people behind the murder of Gauri Lankesh. Their identities will be revealed this month,’’ said Reddy.

Sources in the SIT confirmed that they had been able to identify key components of the case, and the individuals engaged for these tasks. As many as four persons have been identified and some technical data is awaited to clear all doubts, sources said.

Lankesh, 55, was shot dead outside her home in west Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, after she returned home from work. A CCTV camera in her front yard captured the killing.

The SIT has found that Lankesh’s killers studied her home and activities not just on the day of the murder, but also a few weeks prior to it.

Based on accounts of people who saw the suspects in the weeks before the killing, and using technical data like CCTV footage from the area, the SIT last month released some portraits of persons suspected to be involved in the killing and its conspiracy.

The SIT is of the view that those who shot Lankesh came to Bengaluru from another state, and returned after the murder. It has also been investigating the possibility that the killers were provided local assistance for their operations in Bengaluru.

The SIT has been trying to find the source of the 7.65 mm countrymade pistol and ammunition used to kill Lankesh. The SIT, with the help of police in Vijayapura district of Karnataka, carried out an extensive survey of the illegal arms racket in the region, on the basis of information that material for the murder was sourced from Vijayapura. This investigation provided some important leads, said sources.

Over the last month, the Vijayapura police have arrested 12 persons involved in the illegal gun market, and seized 20 countrymade weapons and 49 rounds of ammunition, even as the SIT has been trying to find the suppliers from whom Lankesh’s killers sourced their weaponry.

A key finding in the SIT’s investigation has been the forensic evidence that the 7.65 mm countrymade gun used to kill the journalist-activist was the same one used to kill Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi in Dharwad on August 30, 2015. The finding has led to the theory that Lankesh and Kalburgi were killed by the same set of people.

With the analysis of bullets and cartridges in the Karnataka murders matching with the analysis of bullets and cartridges in the Maharashtra murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013 and leftist thinker Govind Pansare in 2015, investigators feel the same group is involved in all the four shootings that have occurred since 2013.

Following investigations into Dabholkar’s murder, the CBI named an activist of the right wing Sanatan Sanstha outfit, Dr Virendrasingh Tawde, as a key conspirator and two missing members of the outfit, Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar, as the suspected shooters.

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  1. Rohit Pawar
    Nov 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm
    In MAharashtra there is RSS BJP govt and it seems that they are giving protection to murderers of Panasare , Dhabolkar. American Senate also demanding the action against this fasict elements in India which danger to the democratic India.
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      ramu
      Nov 12, 2017 at 1:32 pm
      Clue, more clues then clueless similarly soon, sooner, sooner or later or never chalta Hai apni govt Jo hai
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        Vnk
        Nov 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm
        Cong is an anti-hindu communal goonda party. They are stunned at loosing their loot source. They will employ all tricks to divide hindus on any pretext so that they can continue their corrupt regime in Karnataka.
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          Soma mitra
          Nov 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm
          You are nothing but full of shhhitt in Ur Head not even gobbar . coz when the news speaks about the murder and hadNt mentioned a line on any Hindu radicals as culprits. Why fcku I are burning Ur asre .. I have noticed Even under sports article U WRITE comments against Congress as anti Hindu ... Build some sense through interacting with common people other than poison feeding shakha goons
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            modibhakt
            Nov 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm
            VNK chu ti ya - BJP is COMMUNAL and anti national correct your words !!! They are dividing the people in the name of CASTE....AND RELIGION OR ELSE THEY DONT GET THE VOTES
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            Murthy
            Nov 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm
            TA Johnson, IE, Rahul Gandhi and Karnanataka's Congress Government, all WANT the killers to be from Poone and want them to be members of Sanatan Sanstha. There was NEVER any question of OPEN MIND in this case. I suspect they would REPEAT what the UPA Government did to Lt. Col. Purohith and Sadhvi Thakur. The Karnataka Police will arrest couple of Hindus and put them in jail for over TEN years. There will be NO Court Trial. Ten years later they will be released. In the meanwhile, the MYTH of "Hindu Terror" would have been CONSOLIDATED. Show me one HINDU accused tried in a Court of Law and convicted WITH DUE PROCESS in any of the cases of Murder of these Foul Mounted Anti-Hindu "Rationalists" Dhabolkar etc.,. Aseemanand, Purohith and Sadhvi are still in JAIL "awaiting" Trial. They were arrested ONLY for the Congress Party's POLITICAL STRATEGY. India's Legal System was ABUSED for their POLITICS of VOTE BANK PRESERVATION.
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              Soma mitra
              Nov 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm
              Gonchu Murty . India there are 80 perc of Hindus ... So u want people to believe that Congress would ignore or Pose a Anti hindu stand just for the vote of other 20 perc .....they are a political party and u want us to believe that th I will ignore majority to be in power ?.. are they fools ? And Its u who is a Jumbo size fool who believe people.would believe ur Buull shhit .lol
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              1. Rohit Pawar
                Nov 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm
                He mean that Brahmins not Hindu.
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                1. link building
                  Nov 26, 2017 at 10:31 am
                  Hon. Soma Mitra, the CONgi, the bad news is how so ever you cry CONgress is going to loose election in 2019. till you guys lick Pappu and Gandhi parivar, no hopes for you. You guys are Scamsters, fraudsters. the total loss on all SCAMS and FRAUDS in CONgress regime is 10,00,000 Crore. Read it correctly Ten Lakh Crores
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                Rabi Mishra
                Nov 12, 2017 at 12:54 pm
                Very soon the Karnatak police would find Ashok the busconductor of the Lankesh case!!!
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