Ravi Shankar Prasad condemns social media posts justifying Gauri Lankesh's murder

Posted September 07, 2017

The murder of Ms.Gauri Lankesh follows on the heels of the murders of Dr.Narendra Dabholkar, Shri Govind Pansare and Prof.M.M.Kalburgi, probably as part of the same conspiracy by dark right-wing forces.

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.

The murder of Gauri Lankesh, 55, the editor and publisher of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike newspaper, has raised fresh concerns about press freedom in India and triggered protests and widespread condemnation.

Several people condemned the incident on social media, but a few posted hateful comments and justified Lankesh's murder.

But critics of Modi's government say dissent is being stifled as nationalist sentiment grows in the world's largest democracy.

One of India's most prominent journalists was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified attackers at her home in the city of Bangalaru.

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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.

In a statement, it said Lankesh's murder "fits into a by now familiar pattern of eliminating voices that dare to speak out against the current climate of hate and intolerance by the RSS and BJP".

This brutal murder of an outspoken journalist is a dastardly attack seeking to muzzle free speech and freedom of the press. He hoped that the Karnataka police would soon nab the killers.

Since dusk, candlelight vigils were held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram. "The point is the entire ideology is to silence voices", Gandhi said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday sought a report from Karnataka government on the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.

Taking a dig, he said, "Rahul Gandhi must realise that the track record of his party's government in Karnataka on law and order is as dismal and pathetic as his political record".