The SIT has got strong clues on journalist, writer, activist Gauri's Lankesh killers, say sources. Photos of three men suspected to be the journalist's killers have been released.
It is exactly one month since Gauri Lankesh's murder on September 5. The SIT is said to have narrowed down to three men and is trying to get more information about the suspects by the NIA.
The three accused in this case are said to be in Nepal currently but are not traced by the officers yet. The NIA has alerted SIT on this information. The NIA has information that these three made the master plan of killing Gauri.
The three accused are identified as Jayaprakash, who is also an accused in the Malegaon Blast case, Praveen, who is also suspected of killing Narendra Dabolkar, who was killed on August 20 in 2013 in Pune and Sarang, who is a suspect in Daboklar and Govind Pansare's murders too.
The SIT has considered the looks and compared the height and appearance of the three to the image available on the CCTV footage of the fatal incident. As there is a possible match, the SIT is considering this lead on priority.
The SIT had followed the leads and has zeroed in on these three suspects for now as the murders of activists Narendra Daboklar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalaburgi and Gauri Lankesh took place in the same way. All four were shot at from short range.
According to sources, the NIA has given them information on the three accused to the SIT. All their crimes, possible whereabouts, family, previous records are being shared with the SIT which is probing Gauri Lankesh's murder case.
Gauri Lankesh was shot at in front of her house at around 8 PM on September 5. There is mounting pressure on the authorities concerned and the government to nab the culprits at the earliest as the killers of rationalist MM Kababurgi have not been arrested yet even after two years.