Gauri Lankesh Murder: SIT releases sketches of suspects

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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.

"Three sketches of two suspects have been made on the basis of their description by eyewitness accounts and the CCTV footage obtained".

Gauri Lankesh, 55, a critic of right-wing ideology and a fierce advocate of secularism, was shot as she returned home early in September from her office.

Karnataka's police director general of police (investigation) BK Singh, who heads a special team investigating the murder, said a set of three sketches were drawn up for two suspects based on inputs from people who reported seeing the men.

The police have also clarified that reports that suggested Sanathan Sanstha was behind the attack on Lankesh was only circulated in the media and that they do not possess any such information. After several weeks of investigation, the police have finally managed to get the sketches of the killers prepared by professional artists. "If anybody thinks that they may have seen people who look similar to the faces in the sketches must inform us", Singh said. Each sketch took more than 48 hours.

Addressing a press conference, Singh also said that they were not going into the religion of the suspects "by external appearance like tilak or earring" as they could be a ploy to mislead the probe. We are still verifying the bike, but we know the make. "There are too many bikes of that make and we can not at this moment reveal which bike it was", Singh said. We are looking at all angles and the only thing we are ruling out is a professional rivalry. It has sought public help to nab the culprits. "All other angles, including personal are still open", he said. "We have so far found no link to the Dabholkar murder", B.K. Singh, who is heading the SIT told reporters. "Even her life as an activist, for that matter", Singh said.

He also said that there was no confirmation that Gauri Lankesh was killed with the same weapon that was used the kill researcher MM Kalburgi.

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