Scribes condemn murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

Woman journalist's killing shocks India

Woman journalist's killing shocks India

Gauri was shot at her residence from "close range" as per the initial investigation of the police.

With tears in their eyes and amid rains, a large number of people thronged the TR Mill crematorium in Bengaluru to pay their last respects to the outspoken journalist.

Meanwhile, Police have pinned their hopes on the CCTV footage to get some clues about the identity of the killers. Guari Lankesh was a progressive minded social activist, writer and journalist working with social concern. Stating that the Karnataka DGP and IGP have been asked to constitute an SIT, he said, "They will take up the investigation very seriously and this investigation will be purely for this incident".

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced this at a Press conference after holding a high-level meeting with police officers on Wednesday.

Since dusk, candlelight vigils were held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram.

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Scores of journalists gathered at the Press Club of India in the national capital and demanded justice amid calls for standing up to "forces" trying to "muzzle" the voices of dissent. "It is the responsibility of the Karnataka government to maintain law and order".

Gauri was known for her critical views of Hindutva politics, and many have now drawn a parallel with the murders of rationalists, including M M Kalburgi, in the recent past.

Senior journalists BR Lenin, P Siva Kumar, Ch Sudhakar, Noora Srinivas, G Venkat and others also expressed shock at the killing of the journalist. "In a democratic country, certain principles are needed to be followed and if some elements are not following those principles, it the responsibility of the government to make them follow those principles.However, we are seeing failure on the part of the government to protect our democracy", she added.

Gadkari went on to defend Prime Minister Narendra Modi against criticism on his silence over the killing.

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