BENGALURU: The SIT officials probing the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh are making all possible efforts to trace the killer. As footage of various CCTV cameras are not clear, the police have collected footage from cameras installed at all toll plazas in the city to know the escape route of the assailants.
Sources said that they were analysing various footage to get any clues about the killer. “The efforts to trace the assailant with the help of tower dump that shows the location of mobile phones used by the killers have not yielded any result. So we are carefully analysing the footage recorded by security cameras installed at various commercial establishments on the route Ms Lankesh took from her office in Gandhi Bazaar to her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar,” a source said.
“Most importantly, the camera installed at the victim’s house has failed to give us any leads as it was dark. We have gathered the footage from all toll plazas in the city. We are trying to identify the suspect by matching the footage at the victim’s house with those from toll plazas. It’s laborious and cannot guarantee results. But we are doing it as part of the probe,” he said. Rally from 10 am
A public rally to condemn the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh will start from the City Railway Station to Central College Grounds at 10 am on Tuesday. At 11 am, a protest meeting will be held at the Central College Grounds where hundreds of journalists, writers, activists, social workers, singers and citizens are expected to participate. Senior journalist P. Sainath, editor of The Wire Siddharth Vadarajan, and social activist Medha Patkar are expected to speak at the meet.
Police protection for 16 personalities
Bengaluru: Following the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, the state home department has issued orders to give police security to 16 writers and progressive thinkers, including Jnanpith Award recipients Girish Karnad and Chandrashekhar Kambar. The decision was taken during a security review meeting after the murder of Gauri. In an effort to avert any such incidents in the future, senior police officials held a discussion about the threat perception to various writers across the state and decided to provide them protection. The decision was taken after analysing the statements made by progressive thinkers and controversies surrounding them. Those who have been given security are: C.S. Dwarakanath, former Chairman of Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes, Channamallikarjuna Swamiji of Nidumamidi Math, K. Marulasiddapppa, former Chairman of Karnataka Nataka Academy, Dr M. Chidanandamurthy, writer and researcher, Baraguru Ramachandrappa, writer, Dr. Siddalingaiah, writer, H. S. Doreswamy, freedom fighter, Prof. Chandrashekhar Patil, writer, B. Gopal, president of Praja Parivarthana Vedike, B.T. Lalitha Nayak, former minister, T.N. Seetharam, film director, Dinesh Aminmattu, Media Adviser to the CM, Vimala of Janawadi Mahila Sanghatane and Dr. S.M. Jamdar, retired IAS officer and part of the agitation for separate religion tag for Lingayats.