Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT begins to probe, home minister Reddy says govt hopeful of cracking the case
Three days after the cold-blooded murder of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh by unidentified bike-borne assailants in Bengaluru, the Special Investigating Team (SIT) started its probe on Thursday. The Karnataka government, which had announced the formation of a 21-member SIT team, said today it is hopeful of nabbing the culprits ‘as soon as possible’. Gauri Lankesh’s killing has sparked countrywide protests even as journalists, activists, and politicians from various spectrum have condemned the brazen act. State Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said today: “SIT members have started their investigation into the Gauri Lankesh murder case and the state government is hopeful of nabbing the assailants as soon as possible.”
Bihar: Journalist shot at by two bike-borne persons in Arwal
A journalist with a local daily, who also ran a common services center (CSC) at his home, was shot at by two persons when he was on his way to home from a bank after having withdrawn money. The incident was reported under Bansi police station area of Bihar’s Arwal district on Thursday afternoon. One person, who belonged to the victim’s village, has been arrested in this connection. His associate is absconding. The police said that robbery or old personal enmity could be the reason behind the incident. The victim is stated to be out of danger. According to the police, Pankaj Mishra, a resident of Bansi village, in Arwal, had gone to the Punjab National Bank in neighboring Mali village this afternoon, from where he withdrew cash, reportedly to the tune of around Rs 1 lakh. He was returning home with the bag on his motorcycle when two bike-borne assailants intercepted him on the way.