SIT visits right wing group’s office
THE Special Investigation Team probing murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh is learnt to have visited the Bengaluru office of a right wing organisation, which was under the scanner in the murder cases of rationalists earlier, on Friday.
The SIT, which is investigating the possible involvement of right-wing organisations in the case, went through some documents at the organisation’s office and also took some documents with them, sources said.
The sources said they are continuing to probe the case from all angles and are not ruling out anything at this stage.
Meanwhile, ballistics experts at the FSL have given a report to the team confirming that the firearm used to kill Gauri was similar to the one used in the murder of Prof M M Kalburgi. But they are not sure if it was the same weapon.
The sources even said similar weapons were used in the murders of rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dhabolkar in Maharashtra. It is also learnt that a team of the SIT has been sent to Maharastra to question a few people connected with rightwing organisations in this connection.
However the SIT, according to the sources, is not rejecting the theory of involvement of Leftwing extremists and it is also on a lookout for absconding Maoist leader Vikram Gowda. Gowda is said to have been upset with Gauri’s effort to bring Maoists to the mainstream. He has been declared a fugitive.
The SIT has interrogated more than a hundred people so far. The personal angle, writers and business deals are all being looked into. It is learnt that the SIT had rounded up a few people based on CCTV footage gathered from residences in the area.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (L), KTDC chairman M Vijayakumar (C) and writer George Onakkoor at a candlelight vigil organised in memory of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday |