Congress, Left blame BJP-RSS ideology for Lankesh killing

Relatives mourn the death of journalist Gauri Lankesh who shot dead by miscreant at her residence in Bengaluru. Pic  PTI

Relatives mourn the death of journalist Gauri Lankesh who shot dead by miscreant at her residence in Bengaluru. Pic PTI

Gauri Lankesh, noted Kannada journalist, writer, activist and champion of secularism and communal harmony has come as a rude shock.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed alarm over the killing of Lankesh and demanded justice.

While several people condemned her murder in Bengaluru last night, many on social media also posted hateful comments. "It is the responsibility of the Karnataka government to maintain law and order".

People say that the Prime Minister is quiet and he has not said anything. She was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen outside her residence in Bengaluru.

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.

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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. The Karnataka government has set up a Special Investigation Team to track down the killers, even as the family of the slain journalist have demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe.

"The government, the BJP or any of its organisations have no connection with the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh", Gadkari told reporters. "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".

Citing the Supreme Court's Tuesday order, Kumar said the court ordered the Karnataka government to hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of Deputy Superintendent of Police M.K. Ganapathy, who was found dead in a lodge at Madikeri in Bengaluru previous year.

The SIO Bhatkal unit in the presence of their unit president Zuhair SM and Secretary Abud Asif submitted an memorandum to the Governor of the state through Bhatkal Assistant commissioner (AC) demanding a quick and fair investigation of the case.

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