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Political parties condemn killing of Gauri Lankesh
Political parties of all hues today came out strongly against the killing of outspoken journalist Gauri Lankesh, with the Congress calling it a chilling reminder of rising intolerance and bigotry and the BJP demanding a swift probe to punish the guilty. A number of chief ministers as well as Union ministers also expressed outrage at the killing of the 55-year-old senior journalist, known for her strong views against right-wing forces.
Condemning the attack, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the party stood with rationalists, thinkers, journalists and the media fraternity.
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Gauri Lankesh's murder adds to the long list of slain journalists: Is India unsafe for scribes?
Even as many are comparing the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on Tuesday with the killing of Kannada writer, scholar and rationalist MM Kalburgi two years ago, her death throws sharply into focus, yet again, the ever increasing perils of being a journalist in India.
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Political parties should come together and condemn this heinous act: Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi, along with several other prominent faces came out in protest agains the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. She said that she would appeal to all political parties to stop trying to earn browny points against each other. She said they should rather come together in condemning the incident.
Trolls spewing hate on Gauri Lankesh should be probed for links with BJP/RSS: Teesta Setalvad
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Smriti Irani condemns killing of Gauri Lankesh
Condemn killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Hope speedy investigation is conducted & justice delivered. Condolences to the family.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) September 6, 2017
Friends and family of Gauri Lankesh confirm, no religeous rituals were performed; Gauri Lankesh given a state burial
Gauri Lankesh was stalked for days before killing, killers were professionas: Police sources
The nature of the crime suggests that the killers were aware of Gauri's routine and whereabouts. India Today TV reported that Gauri would frequently come back late at night and there was no fixed pattern as to when she would come back home.
The investigation so far has revealed that one of the killers was waiting for Gauri near her house and two others are suspected to have followed her home from her office. "The miscreant who was at the house initially opened fire and was joined by the other two. A Honda Dio two-wheeler is said to have been used in the murder operation," Bangalore Mirror reported.
The CCTV footage recovered from near her home revealed that the killers were apparently wearing helmets and black jackets and escaped after the murder.
What did Gauri Lankesh write that earned her Right-wing's ire?
A firebrand journalist and a fearless writer, Gauri Lankesh's views on Right-wing politics are well documented. Be it her scathing criticism of pro-BJP activists threatening Left-wing rationalists, or her views on Centre's move to deport Rohingya Muslims, or her inhibitions on freedom of press, Lankesh managed to remain on the wrong side of the Right.
Nitin Gadkari says linking killing to BJP 'irresponsible, baseless and false'
Slamming the statements of Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul, Nitin Gadkari said levelling "untrue" allegations against the BJP and the prime minister is injustice to his party and detrimental to democracy.
"The present government, the BJP or any of its organisations have no connection with the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh," the road transport, highways, shipping and water resources minister told reporters.
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Hate messages against Lankesh
Troll boasting PM Modi as twitter follower, spew venom over dead journalist
Twitter is taken over by condolence messages for Gauri lankesh, a strong writer who never shied aay from criticising the Right-wing ideology. However, several twitter users were seen trolling the murdered journalist. The hateful messages not only raised eyebrows in the civil society, but several people pointed out that a few of the the troll twitter handles were followed by PM Modi
Politicos spar over journalists' killings
In the aftermath of the murder of staunch Right-wing critic Gauri Lankesh, politics has started picking up. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi suggested that the journalist was killed for her anti-BJP/ RSS views.
However, the BJP has condemned his "nonsensical' comments as the party threatened to take Gandhi to the court for levelling unverified allegations.
Kanhaiya Kumar expresses shock at Gauri Lankesh's assassination
Police tallying CCTV footage from Lankesh's residence with Kalburgi case
Sources have said that the CCTV footage recovered from the cameras outside Lankesh's residence offered some clues leading to the killers in the case.
The Police is now tallying the footage gathered from the CCTV outside Gauri's home to that of murder of Kalburgi. The CCTV footage needs to be sent for image enhancement, claim cops. Only then a clearer picture would emerge and help the cops come to the conclusion if the killers were the same, a senior police officer told Firstpost.
Ballistic reports suggest weapon used in Lankesh's murder similar to those in Pansare's, Dabholkar's killings
CID sources said that a 7.65mm pistol was used to kill Gauri Lankesh is similar to the weapon used in the killing of other rationalists, whose murders remain unsolved to the day.
Sources at Gujarat Directorate of Forensic Sciences said that the three high-profile murders, had used similar modi operandi and firearm, an earlier report by The Times of India stated.
US Condemns Murder of Journalist Gauri Lankesh
"The US Mission in India joins advocates of press freedom in India and worldwide in condemning the murder of respected journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. We offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Lankesh"
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Writers' forum condemns 'unmaking of India', vows to fight against haters of free speech
The Indian Writers' Forum termed the murder of the 55-year-old journalist, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, "a chilling continuation" of the series of killings of rationalists, writers, scholars and activists like Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi.
The forum remembered Lankesh as a person who performed her duties as a journalist and a citizen with "uncompromising honesty".
"She was guided by democratic, secular values, that insist on an India in which speaking up against division and hatred is every citizen's right," it said.
Crucial CCTV footage recovered in Lankesh's murer; killers will be brought to the books: Karnataka CM
'A jail stint for me would have warmed the cockles of their (Hindutva brigades') hearts!'
In an earlier interview given to NewsLaundry, Gauri spoke about the propaganda against the few dissenting voices against the ruling dispensation. Referring to the killings of MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, she said "the Hindutva brigade welcome the killings and celebrate the deaths of those who oppose their ideology, their political party and their supreme leader Narendra Modi... they are keen to somehow shut me up too. A jail stint for me would have warmed the cockles of their hearts!"
Amnesty International India condemns Gauri Lankesh's murder
"The killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh by gunmen outside her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday night raises alarms about the state of freedom of expression in the country," said Amnesty International India today.
“Gauri Lankesh was never afraid of speaking truth to power. Her assassination must be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice,” said Asmita Basu, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy digs out 12-year-old article to suggest family feud could have killed Lankesh
BJB MP Subramanian Swamy hinted that tfamily feud could have been the reason behind journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder. Taking to Twitter, he shared an article published in Times of India, and captioned it “Is it getting murkier?” The article in question, mentioned Gauri complaining that her brother Indrajit had threatened her with a revolver during a family brawl.
It is instructive to note, however, that the article was published over 12 years ago,
Is it getting murkier? pic.twitter.com/G7gHXSwZD8— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) September 6, 2017
Youth from Chikmagalur detained on suspicions of assassinating Gauri: Sources tell Firstpost
Sources quoting Bengaluru Police officials told Firstpost that a youth named Sandeep from Chikmagalur district has been taken into custody for interrogation. Police told sources that Sandeep was arrested as he had made some derogatory comments on Gauri's Facebook page.
More details are awaited.
Killing rationals and free thinkers can endanger our lives: Sonia Gandhi
In condemning this debilitating attack, the Congress party stands as one with the rationalists, thinkers, journalists and the media fraternity, Sonia Gandhi said. The Congress president described Lankesh as one with fearless and independent views, who had extraordinary grit and determination to take on the system.
"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. This cannot be and should not be tolerated. It is an extremely sad moment for our democracy and a chilling reminder of the fact that intolerance and bigotry is raising its ugly head in our society," Sonia Gandhi said in a statement
Rajnath seeks report from Siddaramaiah govt on Gauri's assasination
The Union Home Ministry today sought a report from the Karnataka government on the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, an official said. The move came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to get a report from the state government, the home ministry official said.
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. The Karnataka government today decided to form a Special Investigation Team to probe the killing.
WATCH: Gauri's family pays last respects
Elizabeth Mani from 101.reporters is in Bengaluru doing a live coverage of Gauri Lankesh's funeral
Modi bhakts and the Hindutva brigade want me in jail: Gauri had said in 2016
In an interview with News Laundry after Gauri was released on bail in 2006, the 55-year-old journalist said that her criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system makes her critics brand her as a "Hindu hater."
"Unfortunately, today anybody talking in support of human rights and against fake encounters is branded a Maoist supporter. Along with that, my criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system, which is part and parcel of what is considered ‘Hindu dharma’, makes my critics brand me as a ‘Hindu hater’. But I consider it my constitutional duty to continue - in my own little way - the struggle of Basavanna and Dr Ambedkar towards establishing an egalitarian society."
Siddaramaiah reminisces about Gauri, says she helped Naxals return to mainstream life
Speaking to the media at the funeral ceremony of Gauri Lankesh, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said that the feisty journalist was a staunch supporter of reformation of Naxalites. "Gauri brokered deal with Naxalites in Karnataka. She helped those Naxals enter mainstream and played a vital trole of a negotiator between the State and the Naxalites (sic)."
Siddaramaiah arrives to pay last respects to Gauri Lankesh
Soon after addressing the media where the chief minister announced that an SIT, headed by the IG, will probe into the brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh, Siddaramaiah went to pay last respects to the forthright journalist.
Family members and friends were gathered at Ravindra Kala Kshethra as mortal remains of the journalist were brought at the venue.
Gauri's publication never took ads from govt or corporations
Gauri Lankesh Patrike, known for its anti-establishment stance never took any advertisements from either the government or corporations. Reports have said that the magazine is run by 50 employees and over two dozen regular columnists and contributors. GLP is financially supported by Lankesh’s other publication firms -- Lankesh Prakashana that publishes literature and Guide Prakashana, which concentrates on providing study material for competitive exams.
'Sometimes the PM speaks under pressure but the entire idea is to crush dissent...', tweets Rahul Gandhi
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi attacked the RSS and said that anybody who speaks against the RSS or the BJP is attacked and sometimes even gets killed. "They want to impose only one ideology which is against the nature of India."
Anybody who speaks against the RSS/BJP is attacked &even killed. They want to impose only one ideology which is against the nature of India— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 6, 2017
Sometimes the PM speaks under pressure but the entire idea is to crush dissent and this is resulting in a very serious problem in India— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 6, 2017
Rahul Gandhi tells Siddaramaiah to fast-track investigation
Spoke to the CM of Karnataka and mentioned that it's very important that people who have murdered Gauri Lankesh are caught and punished— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 6, 2017
From politicians to journalists — messages pour in on social media
Politicians and journalists expressed their shock and anger over the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru on Tuesday. BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa tweeted saying that the law and order in the state had completely collapsed.
Shocked to hear the murder of #GowriLankesh strongly condemn this inhuman barbaric murder. Law &Order in the state has compleately collapsed— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) September 5, 2017
Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Most unfortunate. Very alarming. We want justice— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 5, 2017
The truth will never be silenced. Gauri Lankesh lives on in our hearts. My condolences &love to her family. The culprits have to be punished— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 5, 2017
Numbed by news of Gauri Lankesh's murder. She was gutsy, level-headed, defiant—everything we need in a journalist in these troubled times.— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) September 5, 2017
Poisonous violence of mind being spread on social media to browbeat critics; on street, its the gun that silences dissent. #GauriLankesh— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 5, 2017
When culprits roam free, attackers handled with kid gloves, a section of police force criminalised, what do you expect? #RIPGauriLankesh— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) September 5, 2017
In 2016, two BJP MPs filed criminal defamation suit against Gauri for an anti-Hindutva piece
In November 2016, BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and Umesh Dhusi had raised objections against a piece Gauri Lankesh had written. Gauri subsequently faced a criminal defamation suit for which she was asked to pay a fine and was handed a six month sentence. She managed to get bail the same day.
'Gauri faced isolation among activists due to her distinct way of thinking'
Noted writer and scholar based in Karnataka's Dharwad, Ganesh Devy, in an obit on Gauri in The Wire, wrote:
"Even when she had to face imprisonment for her views, face isolation among activists due to her distinct way of thinking, face intimidation due to controversies arising out of her actions, she remained committed to her cause. And what was that cause? That of every self-respecting media person in the world – of placing reality as it is in public view."
Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening, reports said.
Times Now reported that assailants pumped three bullets into Gauri who had apprehended threat to her life. The News Minute further stated that an unidentified man shot her when she was getting out of her car to open the gate of her house.
The report also quotes DG RK Dutta saying,"We got the information just now. She was returning home. Her home is in Ideal Home Layout in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. She got down from her car and she was opening the gate when she was shot. The details are sketchy, and we are yet to know who has done it.
The bullets killed her on the spot, reports said.
However, it would be too early to comment on it as a report from India Today said that four men entered her house and attacked her.
Gauri, a well-known critic of the Right wing and Hindutva politics, was the editor of weekly tabloid magazine Gauri Lankesh Patrike. Apart from this, she was also a columnist for various newspapers and an activist.
Assailants pumped three bullets into Gauri who had apprehended threat to her life, according to media reports. The News Minute further stated that an unidentified man shot her when she was getting out of her car to open the gate of her house. The shots killed her on the spot, reports said.
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Updated Date: Sep 06, 2017 21:52:15 IST
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