Congress, Left blame BJP-RSS ideology for Lankesh killing

Geneva Matthews
September 7, 2017

"Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru". Gauri Lankesh lives on in our hearts.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday criticised those justifying the killing of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh on social media.

Hundreds of journalists and others across Gujarat paid tributes to Lankesh, condemned her murder and demanded a "proper inquiry" into the crime.

"I will give him (prime minister) all respect, but he will have to answer this before writing any slogan or couplet on women that how come he keeps company with young people like (Nikhil) Dadhich". She was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen outside her residence in Bengaluru. "The Congress government must investigate the matter and book the culprits soon", he said.

The saffron party also asked the Karnataka government to arrest the murderers swiftly and wondered if the SIT constituted by it will meet the same fate as the one probing the August 2016 murder of rationalist MM Kalburgi, whose killers remain untraced. After parking her vehicle outside the gate and walking to the main entrance of her home the assailants fired at least seven rounds, police said.

Scores of journalists gathered at the Press Club of India in the national capital and demanded justice amid calls for standing up to "forces" trying to "muzzle" the voices of dissent. She also faced convictions in two defamation cases. "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he said.

Press Club of Bengaluru president Sadashiva Shenoy, who was closely associated with Gauri, said, "divisive forces can not muzzle the liberal voices by resorting to killing".

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of silencing dissent, saying it was a part of their ideology. "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".

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