Bengaluru: Karnataka Intelligence IGP B K Singh will head the Special Investigation Team (SIT) 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.
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 has 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 dealt very seriously and it should be investigated exclusively by a special team. No deadline has been fixed for the SIT, but they have been asked to take up the work immediately,” said Siddaramaiah.
Senior journalist Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday at her residence in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar by some unidentified assailants at around 8 – 8:30 p.m.
The body of Gauri was buried with full state honours in the evening.
Stating that the murder of the senior journalist was an “organised crime”, the chief minister also instructed the police to identify and give protection to free thinkers and those involved in the Left movement.
Since dusk, candlelight vigils were held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram.
Journalists took out a march from the Press Club in Bengaluru to the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, and submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah seeking immediate action to bring the culprits to book.