SIT has definite leads in Gauri Lankesh murder: Karnataka home minister
This is the second time the minister has hinted at definite leads in the investigation.india Updated: Oct 03, 2017 15:23 IST
Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy said on Tuesday that the special investigation team formed to probe the murder of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh has got “very definite leads” in the case.
Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was gunned down outside her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar area in Bengaluru on September 5.
“However, they are in the process of putting the evidence together, which is why we cannot reveal much at this stage,” Reddy told the Hindustan Times.
This is the second time the minister has hinted at definite leads in the investigation since the murder of the editor of the weekly tabloid, Gauri Lankesh Patrike. Reddy on September 9 said the SIT had hit upon a vital clue that would help them solve the case and expressed hopes about nabbing the culprits soon.
However, sources in the investigation team did not confirm this.
“We are still following some leads and are hopeful of cracking the case soon,” a senior member of the SIT said.
The official said the SIT was sifting through information gathered over the past month.
“So far, we have questioned in excess of 500 people and we have got call records from about 60 mobile phone towers in a 5km radius, apart from CCTV footage from cameras in the area. We are looking into all of this,” the officer said.
While a forensic laboratory had said a 7.65 mm gun was used to kill Lankesh, similar to those used in the murders of MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, the result of the comparison of bullets fired at Kalburgi and Lankesh is yet to come.
The Karnataka government, which constituted the SIT headed by inspector general of police (intelligence) BK Singh, has announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who gives clues about the killing that led to outrage and protests across the country, with thousands protesting what they saw as an effort to silence a critic of Hindutva groups.