Gauri Lankesh, known for her anti-government views was killed on September 5th outside her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar area in Bengaluru. Police on Saturday released two sketches of the main suspects but said authorities had yet to ascertain their religion or link to any hardline organisation.
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The Karnataka government formed a SIT headed by BK Singh, Inspector General of Police that led to protest across the country. Addressing a press conference, Singh said the investigation team could not ascertain the religion of the suspects “by external appearances like tilak or earrings” as they could be a deliberate ploy to mislead the probe.
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BK Singh said that he investigated 200 to 250 people who had a connection with this case. Reports had earlier indicated that those questioned included people close to Lankesh, like her brother Indrajit who had a falling out with her in 2005 over the functioning of Lankesh Patrike, and Maoist leaders who have come above ground.