Gauri Lankesh murder: Mumbaiites demand an impartial probe

Trevor Jackson
September 7, 2017

The BJP today criticised Rahul Gandhi for linking Gauri Lankesh's murder to the RSS-BJP and said neither the party nor any organisation linked to it was involved in the crime. Gauri was shot at her residence from "close range" as per the initial investigation of the police.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed alarm over the killing of Lankesh and demanded justice.

Hundreds of journalists joined the rally with posters banners and holding candles condemning the murder of the Bengaluru-based journalist and social activist.

But critics of Modi's government say dissent is being stifled as nationalist sentiment grows in the world's largest democracy. "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he said.

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Previous year she was found guilty of defaming a lawmaker from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a 2008 article about alleged corruption. "There is a definite pattern in the murder of rationalists and free thinkers and those who question the government - Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi and now Lankesh", said Congress spokesmen Abhishek Manu Singhvi. A joint memorandum, submitted to the Karnataka Chief Minister, sought speedy investigation and noted that the murder had sent "shock waves across the journalist community for its brazenness". Most unfortunate. Very alarming. "We want the forces who were allegedly troubling her to be probed", said Dharmendra Jore, secretary, Press Club of Mumbai. "I hope the public pressure that is building up will compel the government to bring the culprits to book, and strongly condemn the killing". "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".

Union minister Ananth Kumar said the state government should probe the murder and arrest the killers.

"The Siddaramaiah government failed in expediting the investigation of previous sensitive criminal cases as well as reaching the conclusion during inquiry as expected".

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