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Gauri Lankesh killing: CCTV footage not of much help to investigators

The CCTV footage has only been able to confirm that the killing was carried out by two men on a two-wheeler, who parked behind Gauri Lankesh’s car before the assailant stepped up and fired at her back.

Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: September 8, 2017 8:46 am
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Footage from two CCTVs located at the residence of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh have provided little clues to the identity of the man who shot dead the 55-year-old on Tuesday night on account of poor lighting at the scene of crime and the assailant keeping his face hidden by donning a motorcycle helmet.

“The CCTV footage has captured the sequence in which the shooting happens but has provided little clues to the identity of the killer. The entire shooting gets over in eight seconds. The attacker is wearing a helmet and a dark jacket making it difficult to distinguish any features,’’ said police sources briefed about the investigation.

The CCTV footage has only been able to confirm that the killing was carried out by two men on a two-wheeler, who parked behind Gauri Lankesh’s car before the assailant stepped up and fired at her back as she opened the gate and later shot her twice in front when she ran to the house.

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Analysis of the phone records of the journalist had not revealed anything untoward until now’ and investigators are yet to find a concrete direction in the case, sources said. “One of the angles of investigation is to see whether there are similarities to the killing of the rationalist Kalburgi. Prima facie there is a similarity in the modus operandi. We are awaiting forensic reports on the weapon used in the killing to arrive at a conclusion,’’ police sources said.

One of the angles that the police are looking at is the whether Gauri Lankesh in recent times made any speeches at public forums outside Karnataka which may have attracted the attention of fundamental groups or activists, sources said.

Lankesh who was very active with the Dalit movement made fiery speeches opposing Hindutva and right wing forces at rallies like Udupi Chalo last year in Karnataka. Police said that the possibility of the journalist being attacked for a story her paper may have been working on is remote since the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid, was largely commentary and analysis based rather than reportage or investigations.

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“The possibility of the left wing Naxal forces being involved is also remote since she was associated closely with them,’’ police sources said.

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    Sanjay
    Sep 8, 2017 at 11:01 am
    I am not sure if Forensic video analysis has been done or not? If they are just looking at video it may not help but there are instances where in forensic video analysis has caught a killer driver just on the basis of head light.
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      gopal
      Sep 8, 2017 at 9:35 am
      police will find it difficult to find the culprits till the election dates are announced. they will find a killer or someone who can be named a killer once the dates for election are announced. Media will then debate for long hours on intolerance..this will give the chance for the actual culprit to escape the law and once elections are over it will be back to same old story.
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        ak dev
        Sep 8, 2017 at 10:04 am
        Actual culprits are Yechury and Pappu.
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        Murthy
        Sep 8, 2017 at 9:31 am
        Many theories besides what Indian Media is pushing - being Leftists their theory we all know but are not convinced. Other Theories, one of them that I have heard, is the weapon used may be an import from abroad. 'Supari' killing or a Maoist killing because only the "professionals" in touch with foreign sources or Maoists, who get their 'supplies' from Pak and China smuggled through Nepal-India border, have access to imported pistols and revolvers. Gauri was too insignificant for any POLITICAL PARTY to want to pay 'Supari' to anyone... That leaves us the Maoists or some Family related, Property related issues.. No compelling political reasons exist for her murder, because of more than two Hundred Left Wing Magazines up and down India, are carrying the same contents as her Patrike.
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          disqalt
          Sep 8, 2017 at 8:10 am
          Gauri Lankesh would have been alive if she hadn't written against RSS: BJP MLA Jeevaraj BJP MLA Jeevaraj said had Gauri Lankesh not written against the Sangh Parivar she may have been alive today. Rohini Swamy Bengaluru, September 7, 2017 | UPDATED 23:56 IST : indiatoday today /story/gauri-lankesh-rss-bjp-mla-jeevaraj/1/1043253
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            Thrinethran T
            Sep 8, 2017 at 9:12 am
            Was she the only person who wrote against them? From what one read in a report she wrote something extremely reprehensible and provocative about murdered cadre of an organisation. But all this is speculation till the killers are identified.
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            disqalt
            Sep 8, 2017 at 8:05 am
            Gauri Lankesh would have been alive if she hadn't written against RSS: BJP MLA Jeevaraj BJP MLA Jeevaraj said had Gauri Lankesh not written against the Sangh Parivar she may have been alive today. Rohini Swamy Bengaluru, September 7, 2017 | UPDATED 23:56 IST : indiatoday today /story/gauri-lankesh-rss-bjp-mla-jeevaraj/1/1043253
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