Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT formed to probe case

07 September, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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In fact, Indrajit said he'd been informed that Naxalites were printing pamphlets that warned their fellow Maoists against joining the mainstream.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found dead on the doorstep of her home in a pool of blood.

Indrajit said all angles - be it Naxal or Hindu extremist - should be investigated in a thorough probe.

He also denied he and his sister were involved in a property dispute. He also said his government had an "open mind" to an investigation by CBI, which the slain journalist's family has demanded. "These killings are a threat to democracy and I appeal to everyone to unite and fight against radical and fascist Hindutva ideology which has paralyzed the entire country", said Pappu Dutta.

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

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Investigators pinned their hopes on the CCTV footage to get some clues about the identity of the killers. However, some in the party said it would tarnish the image of the Siddaramaiah government.

Gauri's murder comes close to the second anniversary of the killing of noted Kannada writer and rationalist M M Kalburgi (77), who fell to the bullets of two unidentified men at his residence at Dharwad in north Karnataka, considered the State's cultural capital, on August 30, 2015.

Senior journalists BR Lenin, P Siva Kumar, Ch Sudhakar, Noora Srinivas, G Venkat and others also expressed shock at the killing of the journalist. "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he 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".

She demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should look into the matter and provide answers for the attacks.

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