K’taka CM orders SIT probe into senior journalist’s killing

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2017 08:20:25



THE Karnataka Government on Wednesday decided to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, which has sparked nationwide outrage and protests.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the SIT probe headed by a Inspector General level officer, saying his Government had an “open mind” to an investigation by the CBI, a demand made by the slain journalist’s family. Briefing reporters after chairing a meeting of senior police officials with Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy here to take stock of the investigation, he said he had told the police that the case should be taken “very seriously.”

“I have given direction to the police that this case should be taken very seriously and it should be investigated exclusively by a special team, so a Special Investigation Team headed by IG level officer will be constituted immediately,” Siddaramaiah said.

On the evidence available so far, the Chief Minister said that there were four CCTV cameras installed at Gauri’s house, and one of them had caught the image of a person wearing a helmet entering the gate and firing at her after which she collapsed two to three feet away.

“I have asked the police to go into the details and see that the assailants are arrested immediately,” he said, while expressing confidence about nabbing the culprits as soon as possible. Stating that Karnataka DGP and IGP have been asked to constitute an SIT, he said, “They will take up the investigation very seriously and this investigation will be purely for this incident.”

No deadline has been fixed for the SIT, but they have been asked to take up the work immediately, he said. In an audacious attack, 55-year old Gauri Lankesh, known as an anti-establishment voice with acrid anti-rightwing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on Tuesday.