Journalist Gauri Lankesh’s killers identified: Ramalinga Reddy

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Tuesday said that the killers of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh have been identified but evidence is still being collected to prove their guilt.

“We know who it is” said Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy declining to elaborate on the same. He said that disclosing more information could jeopardize the case.

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.

The Special Investigation Team working on cracking the case would neither confirm nor deny the home minister’s claim. He had said on the day of Ms Lankesh’s funeral that the killers would be caught soon.

In an attempt to nab the killers, the state government had constituted the SIT and announced Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone giving information leading to their arrest. The 150-member SIT is headed 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).

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