Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Protests In Karnataka Over Killing Of Bengaluru Journalist Gauri Lankesh

Protests In Karnataka Over Killing Of Bengaluru Journalist Gauri Lankesh

Indrajith Lankesh, brother of Gauri Lankesh expressed confidence that the culprits will be traced soon with the help of concrete evidence from CCTV camera footage and the journalist's mobile phone. 2 people posted something on Facebook (against Gauri Lankesh) and we are questioning them.

Independent journalist Neerja Chowdhury, based in New Delhi, questioned if Lankesh's killing was an attempt to cow down the media.

India has seen a string of killings in recent years targeting independent journalists and critics of religious superstition, stoking worries about the rise of extremism and intolerance in the secular South Asian democracy.

Addressing the media here over the murder, the Chief Minister said that there was no threat to Lankesh's life.

Bollywood personalities Shekhar Kapur, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, among others have condemned the death of senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence by unidentified men on Tuesday.

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94-year-old MG Vaidya, as reported by the NDTV, described the murder of the senior journalist as a "hateful and condemnable deed". Some believe that she met with this fate as she was probing a corruption case against the Congress government in the state. "The entire country is with her. Truth can not be suppressed", said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

"I have an open mind", the Congress leader said, adding that if the family members insist on a CBI investigation, the state could think about it.

"Condemn killing of... Gauri Lankesh". Lankesh died on the spot. Chief minister Siddaramaiah said rather than hand the case over to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) as is normally done, it was made a decision to entrust the probe to a special team led by an officer of the rank of inspector-general in order "to provide greater momentum to the investigation".

Lankesh had been shot from close range with three bullets hitting her on the neck and chest. "Don't forget that Gauri Lankesh was a journalist". Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani condemned the killing of Lankesh and hoped there would be a speedy investigation and justice delivered.

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