The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had made a breakthrough in the Gauri Lankesh murder case on September 21 when they reportedly managed to get its hands on the facial profile of the attacker. Now, the team is scanning records of close to 1.2 lakh dyno-red Bajaj Pulsars in the state to match the one the attackers used on that fateful day.
The SIT had accessed CCTV footage of the attack and developed an image of one of the attackers with the help of the footage and eye-witnesses. It shows a middle-aged man aged between 34 and 38 riding a Bajaj Pulsar which was used as the getaway vehicle.
Sources told the Times of India that a local resident of Rajarajeshwari Nagar has made a statement before the SIT, saying he saw the assailants and that both were wearing helmets. “I heard sounds similar to crackers and came out of my house. By then, I saw two men speeding away on a red Bajaj Pulsar bike,” he said. “Both men were wearing dark helmets. The colour of the headgear was not visible as it was dark,” the local said in his statement.
The SIT has managed to get details of about 1.2 lakh red Pulsars from RTO authorities and have started a massive manhunt across the state.
“A message has been flashed at police stations across the state to check the antecedents of persons owning red Bajaj Pulsars in their jurisdiction. We are more focused on north Bengaluru as we strongly suspect that the registration number begins with KA-02,” the source allegedly told TOI.
The SIT has also claimed that they haven’t found any mobile numbers to track down the assailants. They have come to a conclusion that the attackers did not use mobile phones before and after the attack.
Initially, this caused problems for the SIT team to narrow down on the culprits.
Preliminary probe had revealed that the assailants had used a 7.65mm country-made pistol and fired four rounds at Gauri at her Rajarajeshwari Nagar residence on September 5.