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No arrests in Gauri Lankesh murder case yet, say Bengaluru police

By Deepika
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    Dispelling media reports, the Bengaluru police said on Friday that nobody had been arrested in connection with the murder of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh.

    Gauri Lankesh

    Earlier in the day, TV news channels had reported a suspect had been held in connection with the case and was taken into custody for investigation.

    SIT team investigating the case, however, rejected the reports asserting that nobody had been arrested so far.

    "In connection with the Gauri Lankesh case no one has been arrested or being detained by the SIT, said statement from Bangalore police.

    Police so far has released three sketches related to Gauri Lankesh's murder case.

    Last month, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that killers would be nabbed '100 per cent' in a few weeks. The minister, however, clarified, "Weeks do not mean one or two weeks. It (the arrest of the killers) will happen in a matter of a few weeks. This will happen 100 per cent." Reddy said whether Lankesh was killed by left-wing or right-wing extremists or was it due to "some other thinking" was "one issue".

    Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unidentified assailants outside her residence here on the night of September 5.

    The Congress government in Karnataka, which constituted the SIT headed by Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) B K Singh, has also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for anyone providing clues about the perpetrators of the crime.

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