Bengaluru, Sept 13: The pistol with which journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh was killed was the same 7.65 mm country-made pistol with which Kannada scholar MM Kalburgi was murdered, preliminary findings of the Forensic Sciences Laboratory stated. A source informed that there is an 80 per cent similarity in the weapon used in the two crimes. (ALSO READ – CM Siddaramaiah Calls Gauri Lankesh’s Murder ‘Assassination of Democracy’)
Notably, Kalburgi was shot dead in August 2015 at his Dharwad residence. According to his family members, Kalburgi was speaking on his cellphone when someone knocked on the door of his house. He was shot at from a point-blank range on his forehead as he opened the door. (ALSO READ – MM Kalburgi: Rationalist suppressed by Hindutva elements?)
On Saturday, Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy had announced that important clues have been yielded through the probe into Lankesh’s assassination.
According to a The Times of India, the preliminary report is likely to be submitted to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case on Wednesday. Over 80 people from different parts of Bengaluru and other districts, including Maoist-affected areas, have been questioned by the officers who are a part of the SIT, the report further added.
Reports say that the suspect had visited Lankesh’s house thrice on September 5, the day she was murdered. The video captured by the two CCTV cameras, show a man wearing a white formal shirt with long sleeves and riding a motorcycle.
Senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified men at her residence, police said. She was 55. “She was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m. as she was entering the house,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar had told.