Gauri Lankesh Murder: SIT releases sketches of suspects
Oct 15, 2017, 00:47
"Using a part of the face that was revealed in the footage, it was a side angle shot, we added general characteristics of Indian face types to come up with the sketches", the officer said.
Lankesh, 55, editor of Kannada weekly tabloid "Gauri Lankesh Patrike" was shot dead outside her house in the city's southwest suburb on the night of September 5, sparking outrage and nationwide protests. "We have prepared a sketch of the suspects", SIT chief BK Singh said.
The SIT has appealed to the public to provide them with any information they have on the suspects or the two-wheeler used. We have prepared a sketch of the suspects.
The team took close to two days to fine tune the picture as they wanted the sketch to be such that if any person sees it, they should be able to identify the suspect and report it to the police immediately. Apart from information collected for releasing the sketches, SIT's investigations into the murder over the last 38 days have not yielded much. "Both the suspects are 25-35 years of age", he said.
SIT also released a video footage of a bike rider wearing a full-masked helmet on a red-wine and black coloured motorcycle.
"We can not ascertain religion of suspects by external appearances like tilak or earrings as it would be misleading", he said. "That information (Sanathan Sanstha) is only in the media, from our side there is no information of any organisation till now", said BK Singh, Police SIT. "We have verified six terabytes of call-detail-records and we still have no clues", said a SIT investigating official. It has sought public help to nab the culprits.
The team is investigating "all the angles with a free mind", he said. Stating that there are both similarities and equal number of dissimilarities with earlier cases where some right wing groups were suspects, Singh said: "We can not, at this juncture say anything conclusively".
The police didn't confirm if the weapons used in murder of writer M.M. Kalburgi and Lankesh were similar. "While the cartridges from the Kalburgi case has now arrived, we haven't yet requested for the cartridges from the (Govind) Pansare and (Narendra) Dabholkar cases".
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