Gauri Lankesh murdered with pistol of same make as used in killing of other rationalists

Gauri Lankesh murdered with pistol of same make as used in killing of other rationalists

Bengaluru: On Tuesday night, noted Journalist Gauri Lankesh was brutally murdered in Bengaluru by an unknown assailant. The assailant fired 4 bullets, out of which one missed and three hit her, Bengaluru police revealed.

Preliminary investigations revealed that country made 7.65 mm pistol was used for shooting 55-year-old Lankesh.

It may be mentioned that it is commonly available.

Meanwhile, after conducting post-mortem examination, doctors of Victoria Hospital revealed that there are three entry and three exit wounds on her body.

According to the news published in Indian Express, sources associated with the forensic investigations said that one bullet entered the body from behind and two from the front. These bullets damaged her heart and lunges which resulted in her death on the spot.

It is also reported that same type of pistol was used in the killing of M M Kalburgi on 30th August 2015, Rationalist and Kannada scholar, Govind Pansare, Maharashtra rationalists in Kolhapur on 16th February 2015 and Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on 20th August 2013.

According to the forensic report, 7.65 mm pistol used to kill Kalburgi in 2015 was the same gun that was used to murder Pansare the same year and out of two guns used to shoot Pansare, one was used to kill Dabholkar in 2013.

In order to either confirm or rule out the involvement of the same group who killed Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar, Bengaluru police likely to seek forensic report of the bullets and cartridges found at the crime scene of Lankesh’s murder.

It may be mentioned that in Pansare case, investigation of CBI pointed toward the involvement of Sanatan Sanstha, a radical right wing Goa-based outfit.

After getting the footage of CCTV which is installed at Lankesh’s home, police said that cameras located at the front of the house captured murder of Lankesh. CCTV camera captured a person firing at Lankesh when she stepped out of her car to open the gate. He was wearing black jacket and helmet. This information is also confirmed by Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka.

While investigation, the police is assuming that the assailant noticed the movement of Lankesh for a while.

Mr. Siddaramaiah created SIT under an Inspector General of Police to investigated the assassination of Gauri Lankesh.

Meanwhile, Union Home Ministry sought a report from the Karnataka government over her killing.