Scribes condemn murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

Scribes condemn murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

The Goa Union of Journalists, as well a Church organisation on Wednesday, condemned the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

With the killing in poll-bound Karnataka sending shock waves, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced a SIT probe headed by an Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Lankesh, 55, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants yesterday.

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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The murder of Ms.Gauri Lankesh follows on the heels of the murders of Dr.Narendra Dabholkar, Shri Govind Pansare and Prof.M.M.Kalburgi, probably as part of the same conspiracy by dark right-wing forces.

Reddy said that IGP (Intelligence) B K Singh will head the SIT. Protests and candlelit vigils were held in her memory across the country.

Investigators pinned their hopes on the CCTV footage to get some clues about the identity of the killers.

She had returned home in her auto and was opening the gate of her apartment when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said.

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This brutal murder of an outspoken journalist is a dastardly attack seeking to muzzle free speech and freedom of the press.

She had condemned the incident on the microblogging website on Tuesday also.

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. "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he said.

Her son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi went a step further and accused the BJP of silencing dissent. "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".

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