BENGALURU: A day after the Karnataka government announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone providing credible information on the killers of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, leading to speculation that the case has hit a dead-end, home minister Ramalinga Reddy on Saturday said the investigation team has gathered some "crucial clues".
"The SIT is investigating the case and there's progress, but I cannot reveal everything to the media," he told reporters after a meeting with top police officials.
On reports that a similar weapon was used in attacks on rationalists Narendra Dhabolkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi, Reddy said, "A similar weapon was used in the first three killings but I cannot confirm or deny if the same weapon was used to kill Gauri. The SIT is working from different angles.Let the investigation findings come out." On Saturday, family members of Gauri met Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and cleared the air on their stance, following conflicting reports that they had preferred a CBI probe over the SIT investigation initiated by the state government.
"Indira Lankesh and Kavita Lankesh told me that they have faith in the SIT investigation and I have reassured them of the government's resolve to swiftly bring Gauri's killer to justice," Siddaramaiah said.
He said Congress president Sonia Gandhi also spoke to him on Saturday and asked him to ensure that the assailants are caught immediately.
"Evidence such as fingerprints on the gate or compound and hair samples have all been washed away," a source said. At Gauri's house, the SIT found documents pertaining to 60 defamation cases against her over many years. "The plaintiffs include politicians from across parties, private persons and government officials," an investigating officer said.