Gauri Lankesh Murder Trial: 3 More Witnesses Examined

The witnesses examined included two police officers as well as an employee of the public works department who had drawn the map of the crime scene for the investigation.

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Bengaluru: Three more witnesses, including two policemen, were examined in the Gauri Lankesh murder trial at the special court for Karnataka Control of Organised Crime on Thursday, August 11. Trial Judge C.M. Joshi presided over the trial.

Police inspector Shiva Reddy, who arrived at the murder scene, was examined by the special public prosecutor and also questioned by the defence.

Reddy took Parashuram Waghmore, the accused shooter who pulled the trigger on Lankesh, to the crime scene after his arrest in 2018.

A jacket and shoes similar to the ones Waghmore had allegedly used was purchased to recreate the crime scene. The defence, in its cross examination, questioned the absence of bills for these purchases.

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The inspector had received an anonymous call from a phone booth informing him about the murder. He had collected CCTV footage from four apartments and a hospital from around the crime scene.

The second witness who was examined on Thursday was V.N. Kalageri, assistant engineer, Public Works Department. He was the one who drew the map of the crime scene for the police investigation.

The defence, in its cross examination, questioned whether Kalageri had really visited the crime scene.

The third witness, Vinod Kumar, a constable, was also examined as a witness.

Lankesh was murdered outside her Rajarajeshwarinagar home on September 5, 2017.