Breakthrough in Gauri Lankesh murder case: SIT have facial profile of attacker

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Breakthrough in Gauri Lankesh murder case: SIT have facial profile of attacker

The profile was developed by matching CCTV footage with eyewitness accounts. India Today accessed the footage in which the killer appears, but has decided not to publish it since an investigation is under way.

The Special Investigation Team probing the murder of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh now has a facial profile of her attacker.

The images, which were developed by matching CCTV footage with eyewitness accounts, have given police enough leads to launch a massive manhunt.

India Today accessed the footage in which the killer appears, but has decided not to publish it since an investigation is under way.

It shows a a lean middle-aged man (34-38 years of age) riding a motorcycle that witnesses said was a Bajaj Pulsar. He wore a formal shirt with full sleeves, an identity card, and a band on his right wrist. Since his helmet did not have a visor, police were able to catch a glimpse of his face.

Meanwhile, a team been also following leads on the make and sale of the attacker's motorcycle.

Gauri Lankesh was murdered on September 5 at her Bengaluru residence. Journalists across the nation condemned the killing , and remembered a fearless scribe who was often critical of the right-wing.