Based media watchdog seeks probe in Gauri Lankesh's murder

Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh

Bindu Bhaskar, a senior journalist and faculty of the Asian College of Journalism, recalled that Lankesh, her colleague at the Times Group in the 1980s, never wavered in her focus on social issues that impacted citizens despite death threats.

Ravish Kumar wrote the article after it was found that some Twitter users, who claimed they are being followed by Prime Minister Modi, posted abusive messages about Gauri Lankesh - the renowned journalist shot dead in Bengaluru on Tuesday. He also said his government had an "open mind" to an investigation by CBI, which the slain journalist's family has demanded.

People say that the Prime Minister is quiet and he has not said anything.

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Chennai journalists gathered at the Press Club to condemn the murder.

"It is an extremely sad moment for our democracy and a chilling reminder of the fact that intolerance and bigotry is raising its ugly head in our society", Gandhi said.

Echoing her views, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asserted that anybody who speaks against the ideology of BJP and RSS, is "pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed". "The Congress government must investigate the matter and book the culprits soon", he said.

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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". Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy has pointed out that it is premature to hold anyone responsible for the murder and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has announced a special investigation. "We want the forces who were allegedly troubling her to be probed", said Dharmendra Jore, secretary, Press Club of Mumbai. 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. "The BJP, the central government or any organisation related to us has no relation with this incident", Union minister Nitin Gadkari said.

The Minister accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of not taking previous sensitive criminal cases seriously.

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