Ten days after the cold-blooded murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, the SIT probing the case is yet to get any clear lead into the killing that had sparked outrage across the country. The Karnataka government said it does not want to share any details pertaining to the killing of the journalist, who was gunned down at her residence by unidentified assailants on September 5 night.
"Right now, we don't want to share anything with the media. We don't want to discuss the FSL report, for now," Home Minister Ramlinga Reddy told reporters in the city. There were reports that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) would receive the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report that would, among other things, also indicate the type of weapon used in the crime.
The SIT has said that it was also looking into whether any right-wing organisation was involved or was it the handiwork of naxals, who were unhappy with the efforts of Gauri to bring them into the mainstream. The journalist's brother Indrajit Lankesh was questioned by the SIT on Wednesday, based on a complaint filed by Gauri in 2005 accusing him of threatening her with a gun over a property dispute.
Indrajit had earlier said, "Every angle has to be probed whether it is right-wing extremists or naxalites... It has to be probed as Gauri was rehabilitating naxals..." A 21-member SIT headed by IGP (Intelligence) B K Singh is probing the case and the state government has also announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone providing clues about the killing. Some intellectuals have also said that they would move the Supreme Court if the SIT failed to crack the case quickly.