Ending a long term silence on the murder of the Bengaluru based journalist, Gauri Lankesh, the Government of Karnataka on Tuesday said that the killers of the renowned journalist have been identified. However, the investigating agencies are constantly working to collect more evidence to prove their guilt, the government said.
Refusing to divulge more details on the murder of the 55-year-old journalist, a Karnataka Minister, while speaking to a leading daily, said that the government cannot go public with the killers’ identities as currently they do not have enough proof.
The opposing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has demanded a CBI probe, saying the Congress-led state government may not be able to ‘handle’ the investigation.
The murder of the 55 year-old editor in the IT hub of Bengaluru on September 5 has derived huge condemnation for the ruling government and has also questioned the safety of the journalists, performing their duties.
The horrific incident was captured by CCTV cameras at Gauri Lankesh’s home. However, since the killers donned helmets, their identities were hidden. As per reports, the captured CCTV footage, showed the suspected killer roaming around the senior journalist’s house twice on the day of the killing.
Sources said that the recce was allegedly done outside Lankesh’s home once at 3 PM and then again at 7 PM by a person wearing a white shirt and a black helmet.
The Congress led-Karnataka government has been criticised for failing to make any progress in finding the killers of Gauri Lankesh. Lankesh was a fierce advocate of secularism and a vocal and persistent critic of right-wing ideology. Many reports claimed that Gauri Lankesh was killed by the BJP followers as she was on the verge of unearthing a major agenda.
The matter was escalated, after Lankesh’s murder started to drop out hints linking it to the murder of MM Kalburgi, who was shot dead at his home in the Dharwad region of the state in 2015. Sources handling the investigation into Gauri Lankesh’s killing said that the bullets used to kill MM Kalburgi were sent ‘possibly to Scotland Yard’ to identify their provenance but have not yet been returned.