‘2 sketches of 1 suspect unscientific’

Retired officers say the fact that the SIT probing the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh released the sketches so late shows that they are still clueless

Published: 15th October 2017 02:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2017 08:04 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Retired police officers said sketches should have been done and released much earlier and doing so now indicates that SIT is still in the dark even a month after the incident. Speaking to Express, T G Sangram Singh​,​ a former ​senior police officer, said, “I appreciate the SIT. They are putting in a lot of effort to solve the case but are not reaching the goal even after a month.”

​​“I believe the sketches released by SIT are too late. They did not approach experts in National Crime Records Bureau and instead took assistance of an artist from outside. This is not the scientific way and it was clearly proved in the way two sketches of one suspect were shared with media. The sketches look like a painting. An NCRB expert would have made a more accurate sketch. So the investigation needs proper direction. Or else it will end up like Kalburgi case,” Singh added

Another retired IPS officer said the SIT move to release sketches ​at this juncture looks like an eyewash to show they are on right track especially after Home Minister recently stated that the SIT will nab Gauri’s killers soon. “Since Home Minister had made that statement, the SIT has released these sketches,’’ the officer said.  

7.65 mm country-made pistol used

B K Singh confirmed that the weapon used for the killing was a 7.65 mm country-made pistol, but refused to say whether ballistics had given a match with the weapon used in M M Kalburgi and Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare killings.

Info sought from public

SIT requested anyone with information of suspects drawn the sketches to contact SIT at 9480800202 or email or Whatsapp them at 09480800304/ 9480801701. Identities of informers will be kept confidential and useful information will be suitably rewarded.

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