BJP urges Karnataka to 'seriously' probe Gauri Lankesh's murder

BJP urges Karnataka to 'seriously' probe Gauri Lankesh's murder

BJP urges Karnataka to 'seriously' probe Gauri Lankesh's murder

"Known for her fearless and independent views, Gauri Lankesh had extraordinary grit and determination to take on the system", an All India Congress Committee (AICC) statement said, quoting Gandhi.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday lashed out at the online trolls over the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, asserting that he strongly condemns and deplores the messages on social media.

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday joined a protest rally organised by journalists in Kolkata to condemn the killing of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore.

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"The intolerance unleashed on one pretext or the other appears to find tacit encouragement from the Union and State governments through its silence, thereby emboldening criminals to brazenly celebrate such crimes", it said in a statement.

"People say that the Prime Minister is quiet and Prime Minister has not said anything". An outspoken critic of Hindutva politics, Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by assailants at the entrance of her residence in Rajrajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru last evening. "The Congress government must investigate the matter and book the culprits soon", he said. 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". Her death has been met by mass protests and vigils in at least eight cities in her home state, as well as a dozen other cities, including Panaji. Top media fora including the Editors Gulid of India, the Press Club of India, and civil rights bodies like ANHAD, have also condemned the killing.

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". Now, Lankesh has also met her end in nearly exactly the same circumstances. "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".

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