Want CBI to probe journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder: Family

Violet Powell
September 7, 2017

Condemnations of Lankesh's murder came in from across the political spectrum.

"To protest and condemn the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, there will be a candlelight vigil of journalists starting from the Mumbai Press Club at 7 pm today", he said. "We offer our honest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Lankesh", a statement released by the embassy read.

National and global media clike, condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and a fearless critic of right wing politics. Chief minister Siddaramaiah said rather than hand the case over to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) as is normally done, it was chose to entrust the probe to a special team led by an officer of the rank of inspector-general in order "to provide greater momentum to the investigation". I have given directions to DGP and IGP to constitute the SIT. He said the asssailants of M M Kalburgi were still at large even after two years and the investigation in this murder case should not happen like the Kalburgi case.

The government has made a decision to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the assassination. "It looks like an organized crime", he added. We have provided protection to all rationalists. He was also the editor of Sadhana magazine which was devoted to the propagation of progressive thought.

"Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have spoken to the Chief Minister of Karnataka and urged him to swiftly bring the culprits on the book".

Lankesh edited the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, which is seen as being "anti-establishment".

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In a report published a year ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists said that 27 journalists had been killed "with complete impunity" in India since 1992.

India has a poor track record of prosecuting journalists' killings.

Neighbours found her with a pool of blood on her patio. Her body was taken to Victoria Hospital for a post-mortem.

The Karnataka government has been asked to provide details of the incident and the steps taken to nab those involved in the killing, the official said.

Bangalore Police have said that shooters who killed senior journalist Gauri Lankesh left no clue behind that can help to trace them out.

Activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was at the forefront of a campaign to persuade the Maharashtra government to pass an anti-superstition and black magic bill, was shot dead by unknown assailants in August 2013.

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