IGP Intelligence BK Singh to head SIT to probe senior journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder

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.

Published: 06th September 2017 10:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2017 01:27 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

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.    

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 Team headed 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. 

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