15/09/2017 6:04 PM IST | Updated 15/09/2017 6:08 PM IST

Journalist Gauri Lankesh Had Seen Her Murderers Clearly, Reveals CCTV Footage


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In the latest update in the Gauri Lankesh's murder case, CCTV footage has reportedly revealed that the senior journalist had seen her killers clearly.

A source told The Times of India, "Gauri, opening the gate to her house, turns towards the her house, turns towards the killer who calls her with weapon in hand. The assailant opens fire, and the bullet enters the right ribcage of Gauri. The second bullet lodges in the left rib. Gauri takes two steps back, spins around and takes 3-4 more steps when the assailant takes two steps forward and opens fire. The third bullet misses the target.The fourth bullet enters her back and exits through the heart."

The report also said that Lankesh may have lived for a few seconds after the bullets hit her.

Lankesh was murdered in cold blood on the night of September 5 by three bike-borne assailants outside her Bengaluru home. The firebrand journalist edited the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada tabloid.

Lankesh's leftist views and stand on freedom of speech often got her on the wrong side of politicians. In 2016, she was convicted in a defamation case filed by two BJP leaders.

A Special Investigation Team was set up by the Karnataka government, after orders from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, to investigate her murder.

While Lankesh's brother had demanded a CBI investigation, Siddaramaiah had told the media, "Have left it to the Director General of Police (R.K. Dutta) who will speak to the state Home Minister (Ramalinga Reddy) and decide."