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Police seeks your help in catching Gauri's killers; sketches released

Police seeks your help in catching Gauri's killers; sketches released

In a major development in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, the Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) has today released sketches of the suspected killers.

According to sources, the portraits have been prepared using enhanced footage from CCTV cameras at Lankesh's residence that captured the recce as well as the shooting, and accounts of eyewitnesses who have said they saw the suspects in the area prior to the crime.

Lankesh, a known critic of right-wing Hindu extremism, was shot to death by unknown assailants outside her home on September 5, who came with an accomplice on a motorcycle.

He also asserted that the 150-member SIT is carrying out the investigation "without any bias and is hunting for the suspects based on the sketches".

"Based on the information, we made the sketches".

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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. Both the suspects are expected to be aged between 25 and 35 years, and the SIT believes that they are no more in Bengaluru.

Singh said the sketches of the suspects have been released to trace them and requested people to provide information on them if they have any. We are still verifying the bike, but we know the make.

Singh emphasised that they couldn't ascertain the religion of the suspects by their external appearances "like "tilak or earrings" as they can be misleading too". DCP (West) MN Anucheth, who is the lead investigating officer of the SIT, said: "We have used multiple artificial intelligence softwares during the investigation too, but I can not reveal their names of other details now". Mr. Singh reiterated that despite media reports there was no FSL report comparing the bullets found in Gauri's case with those used to kill scholar M.M. Kalburgi. While it has ruled out professional rivalry as a motive, all other angles are being probed.

The team is investigating "all the angles with a free mind", he said. Police have struggled to find leads in the case, similar to the murders of several other activists who challenged extremist ideologies.


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