Bengaluru, Oct 2: Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Monday revealed that the probe team has got “some clues” about killers of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, but is waiting to chalk out more concrete evidences.
“The Special Investigation Team (SIT) got some clues on the killers of Lankesh. It’s gathering evidence. We know about them (killers) but can’t go public without evidence,” Reddy told media at Chikkaballapura town.
Lankesh, 55, was found dead on September 5 night in front of her home in the city’s south-west suburb after she was shot from close range by unidentified assailants who fled from the spot on a motorbike within minutes.
“We need strong evidence against the suspects to register even a charge-sheet against them in a court. Otherwise, the case will not stand for trial,” asserted Reddy on the sidelines of a Gandhi Jayanti function.
In a bid to nab the culprits, the state government had established the SIT and announced Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone giving information leading to their arrest.
The 150-member SIT is chaired by Inspector General of Police (IGP-Intelligence) B.K. Singh with Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) M.N. Anucheth as its main Investigation Officer (IO).