Investigation into the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh has revealed that the “mechanics of the crime’’ in the killing of Lankesh in 5 September, 2017 is similar to the assassination of Kannada literary scholar M M Kalburgi in 2015.
According to Indian Express, several officials with close knowledge to the probe details have said that a “significant finding” suggested that there was a clear link between the murders. However, they did not reveal further details. According to an official quoted, the similarities goes beyond the make of the weapon used for the murders.
The Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had that the SIT set up to probe the murder had obtained “important clues.” Senior police sources have also said that they are “very sure” that the killings in Karnataka are linked to each other along with two murders in Maharashtra.
The cops have already found that the empty cartridges recovered near Gauri’s body, that of a countrymade 7.65 mm pistol, was the same kind of weapon used to kill Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar.
Two unidentified motorcycle-born assailants have shot dead Kalburgi at his home at 8.40 am. The killers of the 77-year-old Sahitya Akademi Award winner shot him on his doorstep with two bullets from a 7.65 mm pistol.
Similarly, Lankesh was shot dead in the front yard of her home at 8 pm by two persons who came on a motorcycle and fired four bullets from a 7.65 mm pistol.
According to Deccan Chronicle, the Criminal Investigation Department investigating Kalburgi’s murder was sharing information “seamlessly” with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) looking into Lankesh’s killing.
CBI probe into the Dabholkar murder and a Maharashtra SIT probe into the murder of Pansare found links to a right-wing extremist group Sanatan Sanstha.