Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT has got clues, says Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy

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  • The family wants sleuths to also probe whether a Naxal hand was behind the killing.

Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said on Monday the special investigation team probing the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh had “definite clues” and “has identified those who carried out the murder.”However, Mr. Reddy refused to disclose details, saying this would hamper investigations which were at a crucial stage.

Crucial for charge sheet

While Mr. Reddy made those comments at a public function in the city, when contacted later by he reiterated that “the team [SIT] now has definite clues and it knows who are the people behind the murder. However, the process of gathering evidence is ongoing, and this will be crucial for the charge sheet.” Sources in the SIT said details would be made public once the evidence was collated.

October 5 will mark one month since the killing of Lankesh, Editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, outside her home in Bengaluru. She was gunned down by an assailant wearing a helmet, on the evening of September 5. The assailant, whose identity has remained a mystery, fired four rounds at her from a country-made pistol and is suspected to have had an accomplice. The two are suspected to have escaped from the scene of crime on a motorcycle.

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