Mamata Banerjee joins journalists to slam killing of 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.

Margherita Journalists Association has condemned the barbaric killing of Bangalore-based senior journalist Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday night by unidentified assailants.

"Participated in a candle vigil from #Kolkata Press Club till Gandhi statue to condemn the murder of journalist GauriLankesh (sic)", Ms Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. "It also said that Karnataka government's investigation was not reliable", Kumar said, citing the apex court order.

He stressed that the CBI should conduct the probe, but also said he was convinced that the ongoing investigation had made progress, as Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah had told him.

No deadline has been fixed for the SIT, but they have been asked to take up the work immediately, said Siddaramaiah, who heads a Congress government. He hoped that the Karnataka police would soon nab the killers.

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

Police have recovered closed-circuit television footage from her residence, where they also reportedly found four bullet cartridges.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said the "series of killings" of rationalists, free thinkers and journalists in the country has created an atmosphere that dissent, ideological differences and divergence of views can endanger our lives.

Past year she was found guilty of defaming a lawmaker from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a 2008 article about alleged corruption.

The AIPSN demands speedy action from the Government of Karnataka to bring to book the forces that have committed this heinous crime and which continue to disturb peace and communal harmony.

Strongly rejecting the opposition accusation, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the BJP, the government or any organisation could not be blamed for the killing.

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