Common links emerge in killing of Gauri Lankesh and Kalburgi, Pansare, Dabholkar

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The pistol by which Journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead is of same make as one used in killing of other rationalists Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar, initially suggesting all 4 murders have links.

Thousands of people joined in protest against the murder of Senior journalist and weekly editor Gauri Lankesh on 5th September across India, Senior journalist Ravish Kumar giving a speech. (Image courtesy : Shehla Rashid Twitter)

Bengaluru: Investigations by Bengaluru police have revealed that three of four bullets fired on Gauri Lankesh outside her residence by an as silent pierced her body while a forth missed her and its fragments were found in a wall of her home.

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A preliminary analysis of the the four empty cartridges found at the site has determined that a countrymade
7.65 mm Pistol, which is commonly available was used in the killing .A post mortem report revealed three entry and three corresponding exit wounds on the body, sources associated with forensic investigations said “one bullet entered the body from behind the shoulder region and two bullets hit the abdomen from front. There are entry wounds and corresponding exit wounds for each of the three bullets.”

The 7.65mm countrymade pistol used for killing of journalist is of the same kind as the weapon used in killing of rationalist and Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi on August 30,2015 at Dharwad and also in the murder of Govind Pansare, 81, in Kohlapur on Febraury 16, 2015 and Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on August 20, 2013.

Forensic investigations of cartridges & billets recovered from the unsolved murders of Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar have revealed that the 7.65 mm pistol used to kill Kalburgi in 2015 was the same gun that was used to murder Pansare the same year. The Bengaluru police are likely to seek forensic analysis of the bullet fragments and cartridges from the crime scene of murder of Gauri for comparison to confirm or rule out involvement of a common group.

The investigations in the Pansare case by the CBI suggested the involvement of a radical right wing Goa -based outfit Sanatan sanstha. After the killing of Gauri, Sanathan sanstha Spokesperson Chethan Rajhans said “every incident of murder is condemnable, but the communists and progressive activists are shouting against Hindutva forces without any evidence“.

According to police sources two of the cameras located at the front of the house have captured shooting of Lankesh in stages.

One of the cameras captured images of a person, wearing a black jacket and a helmet, firing at the journalist in the compound of her home after she stepped out from her car to open the gates. The camera shows a light — probably of a motorcycle — behind the journalist’s car which disappears when the shooter leaves after the killing. “A person is seen in the CCTV footage wearing a helmet and firing,’’ Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah confirmed.

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The chief Minister ordered creation of a Special Investigation Team (Sit) under Inspector General of Police to probe the murder and also asked for sharing of information by a CID team that has been probing the murder of Kalburgi over last two years.

In Delhi Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to get a report from the state government and the state government has been asked to provide details of the incident and steps taken to nab the culprits .

Sources : Indian Express

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