SIT vis­its right wing group’s of­fice

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

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.

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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 |

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