New Delhi, Oct 3, 2017: The Karnataka government on Tuesday said that the killers of Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh have been identified but the Special Investigation Team (SIT), in-charge of the case, is still collecting evidence to prove them guilty.
Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told media that “We know who it is” but declined to elaborate, explaining that disclosing more information could jeopardize the case.
“We have got clues, but we cannot tell things to the media for now, because we should have correct evidence for the clues we have got,” he told reporters.
Lankesh was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m. According to initial reports, three unidentified assailants fired three to five bullets at Lankesh, with one hitting her in the forehead and another in the chest, and fled as she collapsed on the spot.
On Sep 21, the SIT has get the facial profile of Lankesh’s assailants. For launching a massive hunt, the pictures, which were evolved by matching CCTV footage with eyewitness accounts, have given police enough leads.
The footage shows a lean middle-aged man (34-38 years of age) riding a motorcycle that witnesses said was a Bajaj Pulsar. He wore a formal shirt with full sleeves, an identity card, and a band on his right wrist. Since his helmet did not have a visor, police were able to catch a glimpse of his face.
Meanwhile, a team been also following leads on the make and sale of the attacker’s motorcycle.