The modus operandi in Gauri Lankesh’s murder is said to be similar to that of Narendra Dabholkar (2013) in Pune, Govind Pansare (2015) in Kolhapur and M.M. Kalburgi (2015) in Dharwad. In all the four cases of murder, two bike-borne assailants were involved and the pillion rider fired at the target. Cartridges found at the four sites were 7.65 mm bore, fired from country-made pistols.
And yet, different agencies are involved in the investigation of these murder cases. This speaks of the state of law and order in the country and exposes politicians’ commitment to the professionalization of police force.
The Karnataka government has announced its intent to constitute a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe Lankesh’s murder. The CBI is investigating the Dabholkar case, Maharashtra SIT is handling the Govind Pansare case, and Karnataka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is probing the Kalburgi case.