Did Gauri Lankesh's killer visit her place thrice before attacking her? Sources in the Special Investigative Team (SIT) have indicated that the killer had been conducting a reconnoitre before the journalist reached her home. According the details uncovered by the police, the suspect, aged 35 years, was on a two-wheeler and wore a white shirt and trousers. This image was caught in some of the CCTV cameras in the locality as well two cameras installed in Gauri's home.
These crucial images were caught with the help of two of Gauri's CCTV cameras. The forensic experts are piecing it together for better clarity. In the video footage, the man was seen to be arriving near Gauri's house and went ahead a few meters and then turned the bike around. This is around 10 to 15 feet from Gauri's gate.
The suspect was said to be lurking near Gauri's house twice in the evening. The suspect arrived on his bike and looked at Gauri's house for the first time around 3.27pm. He was wearing a black helmet throughout the incident. Later at 7.15pm, the suspect returned again, went through the same motion of watching the gate and drove away straight, this time into a small lane ahead without turning back. The third time the suspect visited the place he was seen with a black sling bag, reportedly, carrying the murder weapon.
The killer then visited her house around half-an-hour before Gauri had reached her place. The investigations revealed that four rounds were fired at her. The first bullet hit Gauri on her back, the shooter then shot three more rounds, one missed Gauri and the bullet was lodged on the wall, the two other shots hit Gauri in her lungs and one other pierced through her.
The impact of second and third shots fired at Gauri was so huge that it flung her to the step near her house. The police are also currently exploring other angles such as property disputes, which the police suspect could be a cause for the attack The police have already questioned more than 100 people from Mangalore, Chikmagalur, Bengaluru and Sringeri.
Gauri's friends, acquaintances, including the people who have spoken to Gauri, in the last few months, were also interrogated. Karnataka Home minister R Ramalinga Reddy told India Today that the police will establish the motive behind the murder in two to three days time The SIT still believes that there is a striking resemblance to the murders of Gauri lankesh and Kannada literary scholar M M kalburgi and are working closely with the CID, which is investigating the Kalburgi case.