Published On: Wed, Sep 6th, 2017

IGP Intelligence B K Singh to head SIT to probe scribe’s murder

Bengaluru: Karnataka Intelligence IGP B K Singh will head the Special Investigation Team set up by the state government to probe the killing of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh.

File Photo: Journalist Gauri Lankesh

File Photo: Journalist Gauri Lankesh

DCP (West) M N Anucheth will be the Investigating Officer of the 21-member SIT, state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said.

“The government has passed an order in this regard,” he told PTI here.

Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the decision to form a SIT to investigate the brutal killing, which has sparked nationwide outrage and protests.

He also said his government had an “open mind” to an investigation by CBI, a demand made by the slain journalist’s family.

“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 Teamheaded by IG level officer will be constituted immediately,”Siddaramaiah had told reporters.

55-year old Gauri Lankesh, known as an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here yesterday.

PTI

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