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Same gun used to kill Gauri and Kalburgi — Forensic report

By PTI Updated: Jun 08, 2018 10:21 pm

Bengaluru, June 8 (PTI): The same gun was used to kill journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M M Kalburgi in Karnataka, the state forensic science laboratory has confirmed in a report, sources in the SIT said.
The forensic report submitted to the Special Investigation Team probing the killing of Lankesh is part of the first chargesheet filed recently by the SIT naming K T Naveen Kumar as an accused.

However, Kumar, who was recently arrested, in a statement to the SIT has claimed he had failed to arrange for bullets to execute the plot to kill Lankesh.
Kalburgi (77) was shot dead in his house on August 30, 2015, in Dharwad and 55-year old Lankesh on September 5, 2017 here.

The bullets in both cases “have been fired through a single country made pistol chambered for 7.65 mm caliber pistol cartridges,” a source said quoting the report.
The report also pointed out that the scratches formed by the firing pin on the bullets tallied among themselves.
In his recorded statement, a copy of which is available with PTI, Naveen Kumar said he became aware of the conspiracy to kill Lankesh last August after Praveen Kumar, another suspect, told him about it.

He further said Praveen Kumar had told him to arrange for bullets to kill Lankesh, but he couldn’t complete the task. He told the SIT that he came to know of her killing through television channels.
Naveen Kumar also told the SIT that he had met another suspect Sanjay Bansare in last November and was asked by him to arrange for firearms to kill K S Bhagwan, a Kannada writer and rationalist who is also a strong critic of Hindutva.

According to the statement, Naveen Kumar had also said he was earlier associated with Sri Ram Sene and Bajrang Dal, and started to promote the Hindu ideology.
Lankesh, who was known for her strong anti-Hindutva stand, was shot dead in front of her house here on September 5 last year, triggering a nationwide outrage.
The SIT has arrested four persons for allegedly plotting to kill Bhagawan and is probing whether they have any links with the Lankesh muder case.

By PTI Updated: Jun 08, 2018 10:21:06 pm