Bengaluru, Sep 06, 2017 : Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday ordered the formation of Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by IG level officer to crack the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh.
He said that the team exclusively investigate the murder of Lankesh and will be given a free hand to take as many police personnel as required. He was confident that the killers will be nabbed soon.
He also said that if Lankesh’s family insist then the government was also open to CBI probe.
"Have instructed the police to provide protection to progressive tinkers in the state" Siddaramaiah added.
Gouri Lankesh was shot outside her home in Bengaluru yesterday. She had parked her car outside the gate of her residence and was walking to the main entrance when the attackers fired at least seven rounds. As she ran to the door, three bullets hit Lankesh in the head, neck and chest, while four struck the front wall of the house. Lankesh died instantly.
She ran the Kannada weekly Gauri ’Lankesh Patrike,’ a Kannada tabloid and was seen as a fearless, independent and outspoken journalist. She had been under attack from people with ideological differences. She wrote columns for various newspapers in Karnataka.