The Telegraph
Friday, December 15, 2017

Gauri family losing patience

First published on 15-Nov-2017

Bangalore: Social activists have threatened an agitation if the probe into journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder achieves no breakthrough by December 5. Her family too will decide some course of action if that date passes without results.

December 5 will mark the passage of three months since unidentified gunmen shot Gauri dead outside her home in Bangalore on September 5.

"We'll launch an agitation to get the killers arrested," said Shiv Sundar, member of the Komu Sauharda Vedike (Forum for Communal Harmony), with which Gauri was closely associated.

Sundar, a columnist for Gauri Lankesh Patrike, the Kannada weekly Gauri edited, said the agitation would also protest the police's failure to solve the August 2015 murder of Kannada rationalist M.M. Kalburgi at Dharwad.

"It would be unwise to wait any longer as we don't want Gauri's case to go the same way (as Kalburgi's)," Sundar saidon Tuesday.

Gauri's filmmaker sister Kavita Lankesh had said on Monday that she, mother Indira and brother Indrajit would wait till December 5 before deciding how to push for results.

"We are not unhappy with the investigations or the efforts, but there has been no result," she said at a media event for her latest movie.

Indrajit told this newspaper on Tuesday: "Our mother is the one taking all the decisions. I will abide by whatever she wants us to do."

In the Assembly on Monday, chief minister P.C. Siddaramaiah had stressed his government's commitment to catching the killers.

Home minister Ramalinga Reddy had recently said the killers would be nabbed "within weeks".

The special investigating team had released sketches of two suspects on October 14. It later released security camera footage from a nearby commercial establishment that purportedly shows one of the killers on a motorbike just before the murder.

Sources said the sketches and footage had not led to any new information from the public.

They added that the investigators had scanned Gauri's mobile call records from three weeks before the killing but found no leads.

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