A day after 55-year-old journalist Gauri Lankesh was murdered at her Bengaluru residence on Tuesday, her brother has demanded a CBI probe into the killing.
“I do not know how to react,” Gauri’s brother Indrajit Lankesh told journalists. “The assailants should be brought to the book. The case should be handed over to CBI.”
Lankesh was found at the verandah of her Rajarajeshwari Naga residence after she was shot at close range. She died of multiple bullet injuries.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar told media that Lankesh did not complain of any threats.
“She didn’t complain of anything,” Kumar told journalists on Tuesday night. “If she anywhere expressed about threats, it will be thoroughly investigated.”
According to police, Lankesh was found lying in a pool of blood. Four empty cartridges were recovered from the scene of the crime.
“Out of four, how many entered Gauri’s body, only the post mortem report will tell,’ Kumar said.
The cops have retrieved the CCTV footage from Lankesh’s residence from the two cameras near her house, according to Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy. Three teams have been formed to scan the footage and track the assailants.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at Lankesh at around 8-8:30 pm on Tuesday night. Her body was later sent to Victoria hospital for a post-mortem. She will be cremated today.
Lankesh was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a magazine described as an ‘anti-establishment’ publication.