Media fraternity seeks speedy inquiry into Gauri Lankesh's killing

Kristopher Drake
September 7, 2017

The SIO national secretary Syed Azharuddin, speaking on the occasion, said the murder of Gauri Lankesh once again showcased the fact that the democratic right of dissent was in peril.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee participates in a protest rally organised by journalists to condemn the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Several people condemned the incident on social media, but a few posted hateful comments and justified Lankesh's murder.

Briefing reporters after chairing a meeting of senior police officials with Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy to take stock of the investigation, Siddaramaiah said he had told the police that the case should be taken "very seriously".

Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday. "The Congress government must investigate the matter and book the culprits soon", he said. "The point is the entire ideology is to silence voices", Gandhi said.

Past year she was found guilty of defaming a lawmaker from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a 2008 article about alleged corruption. 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".

NCP chief Sharad Pawar described Lankesh as the voice of liberal media and demanded that the culprits must be booked. Among other things, Siddaramaiah will be judged on his record of maintaining law and order, and his government's commitment to due process.

Citing the Supreme Court's Tuesday order, Kumar said the court ordered the Karnataka government to hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of Deputy Superintendent of Police M.K. Ganapathy, who was found dead in a lodge at Madikeri in Bengaluru previous year.

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