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Gauri Lankesh murder: CM Siddaramaiah orders formation of SIT, protests spill across country

Gauri Lankesh murder: Meanwhile, the police are examining the footage from CCTV cameras that were installed at the entrance of Lankesh's home from the time of murder on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 6, 2017 7:38 pm
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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Wednesday ordered the constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by an Inspector General (IG) which would probe the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. The editor of Kannada weekly magazine ‘Lankesh Patrike’ was shot dead Tuesday night by unidentified assailants outside her home in Bengaluru West. The murder has spurred protests by civil society activists and journalist associations across the country.

“This is a shocking news for me also. It is a great loss. She met me recently but never spoke about any threats,” said the chief minister, stressing that it was an incident of ‘organised crime.’

Lankesh, a staunch critic of Hindutva forces, has written and spoken frequently on violence perpetrated by right-wing activists. Supporters and friends of the journalist have equated her murder with the killing of rationalist MM Kalburgi in 2015 in Dharwad. But the chief minister said that they have not yet, so far, found any link between the two murders.

“I have instructed the police that activists propagating progressive thoughts should be given police protection,” Siddaramaiah told reporters at the press conference. He added that the police is questioning two people who had posted on Facebook against Lankesh.

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told reporters that he has requested the chief minister to ensure justice in the case.

“I spoke to the chief minister and I mentioned to him that it was very important that the people who did this are caught and punished. Anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP and the RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed. The idea is there should only be one voice in this country. There should not be any other voice except one voice and that’s just not the nature of this country,” Gandhi told reporters.

The BJP, on its part, too strongly condemned the murder and put the onus on the state government to maintain law and order. The party demanded a speedy investigation and tough punishment for the accused.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “To say that Gauri Lankesh’s murder was committed by people who believe in our ideology is wrong and unfair.”

Meanwhile, the police are examining the footage from CCTV cameras that were installed at the entrance of Lankesh’s home from the time of murder on Tuesday. Four bullets were pumped into her body as she emerged from her car in front of her home. Neighbours recalled hearing the sound of firecrackers going off and then finding Lankesh lying in a pool of blood. The mortal remains of the journalist were taken to Ravindra Kala Kshetra on Wednesday.

Lankesh’s close friend K S Vimala told the Indian Express on Tuesday: “They have killed her because she always opposed communal forces. First, it was Kalburgi and now it is Gauri. They can kill her but they cannot kill her thoughts.”

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    Kumar
    Sep 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm
    There is growing intolerance in the state of Karnataka. People of our state of Karnataka are peace loving people but CM Mr Siddhu Congress government are fully supporting goons to spread violence in the name of language cast. This corrupt CM has transfered honest police officers important posts are given to corrupt officers so that no action can be taken against his goons. For his politics people of Karnataka are suffering.
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      sreedhar
      Sep 6, 2017 at 7:33 pm
      she must be bestowed with the highest gallentry award of the nation for fighting to preserve the freedom and democratic values of this nation. She is a brave soldier who is martyered on duty. Shame on those 56inch chested cowards who are afraid of a lady and her words
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      1. Ananta Kr.
        Sep 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm
        What was the Congress government doing there ? If its really ideological threat, then then were in the best position to protect such people given they are in power? Were they too concerned about shortage of Idllis and vadas in Indira canteen ?OR where they trying to paint all billboards in Kannada?
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          sreedhar
          Sep 6, 2017 at 7:31 pm
          crimanls, cow viglanties, rss, etc are all over the country. the question you must ask is who are these criminals who think they have pwoer to chose and kill anyone in this country
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          Kumar
          Sep 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm
          CM Siddhu Congress government has failed on all fronts. This corrupt CM Siddhu Congress government are just involved in spreading hate violence in the name of cast language. Shame on Congress Karnataka government which can not protect its citizens
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            Vish
            Sep 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm
            Good riddance of one piece of anti-Hindu t00urd. She was jailed for her rabid accusations and insinuations for six months. In fact, there should be hit list of these traitors.
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              Ahs
              Sep 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm
              Ok. investigators your job has become easy. The killer has revealed himself here. Its Vish.
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                Dalit
                Sep 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm
                Meet this builder, a rss monkey, of modern india that would be beat the 4 century b.c india of primitive people and their gods
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