Gauri Lankesh murder: Mumbaiites demand an impartial probe

Jerome Frank
September 7, 2017

It is important that the police conduct a time-bound probe, so that the facts about the murder can be unearthed, and all the questions answered: Who killed Lankesh, and who ordered the killing?

Bindu Bhaskar, a senior journalist and faculty of the Asian College of Journalism, recalled that Lankesh, her colleague at the Times Group in the 1980s, never wavered in her focus on social issues that impacted citizens despite death threats.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday participated in a protest rally organised by Kolkata Press Club to condemn the killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh.

While several people condemned her murder in Bengaluru last night, many on social media also posted hateful comments.

But critics of Modi's government say dissent is being stifled as nationalist sentiment grows in the world's largest democracy.

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Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

The BJP's rivals used the occasion to launch a scathing attack on it, saying there was a pattern in the killing of Lankesh and the earlier murders of rationalist thinkers Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi - of muzzling the voice of dissent. "The Congress government must investigate the matter and book the culprits soon", he said.

The memorandum also had a mention of the killing of MM Kalburgi, also a left writer and scholar who was killed in August a year ago and how his killers were still on the run, with police still looking for the traces of the culprits. The onus is on the Congress government in Karnataka to ensure that her killers do not go unpunished.

"The government, the BJP or any of its organisations have no connection with the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh", Gadkari told reporters. Among other things, Siddaramaiah will be judged on his record of maintaining law and order, and his government's commitment to due process.

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