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SIT to clarify role of man arrested in Gauri Lankesh murder case: Karnataka minister

KT Naveen Kumar was taken into police custody over the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2018 21:22 IST
PTI, Bengaluru
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Mourners stand next to a portrait of Gauri Lankesh during the public viewing of her body in Bengaluru.(AP File photo)

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) would soon clear the air on whether KT Naveen Kumar, who is in police custody, is involved in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy said on Wednesday.

“The SIT will answer it as early as possible,” he said, when asked whether the police have picked up the right person in the case.

The SIT, probing the murder of the journalist-activist on September 5 last year, had recently taken Kumar into custody.

His family has said he was innocent and in no way connected to the case.

Reddy said the SIT has been pursuing its investigation and the government does not want to interfere in it.

“The investigation is coming to an end,” he said.

Reddy had said on September 9 that the SIT had gathered “some clues” in connection with the case.

The state government, which constituted the SIT headed by Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) BK Singh, has announced Rs 10 lakh reward for anyone giving clues about the perpetrators of the crime.

The Lankesh family pleaded against giving a political colour to the case.

It has said the investigators should look into all angles, as reports had emerged about a possible Maoist hand in the crime other than the suspected involvement of right-wing extremists.

Lankesh (55), who was known as an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unidentified assailants at her home in Bengaluru.

First Published: Mar 07, 2018 21:21 IST