Anybody who speaks against the ideology of BJP-RSS is killed : Rahul

Woman journalist's killing shocks India

Speaking to the press later, Rahul said he had spoken to the Karnataka CM and told him that the people who did this must be caught and punished.

Press Club of Bengaluru president Sadashiva Shenoy, who was closely associated with Gauri, said, "divisive forces can not muzzle the liberal voices by resorting to killing".

"Sometimes, under pressure, the Prime Minister makes some statements".

Lankesh's murder was a "grim indicator of the intolerance and violence that have been let loose by the increasing influence of right wing forces in the country", it added.

"Siddaramaiah government failed in expediting the investigation of previous sensitive criminal cases as well as reaching the conclusion during inquiry as expected".

"The series of killings of rationalists, free thinkers and journalists has created an atmosphere that dissent, ideological differences and divergence of views can endanger our lives".

A file image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters
A file image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters

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 Dharwad, just across Goa's border with Karnataka, where generations of Goans have studied and earned professional degrees, an organised protest began at the house of the late scholar M M Kalburgi, who was himself killed by mystery assailants in 2015. She was critical of the Hindu right-wing forces.

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. Most unfortunate. Very alarming.

"If people like him can not maintain the dignity of PM, then think of how we have an army of lunatics among us - they will "beat" you when you are alone and will do so in public too", Ravish Kumar wrote. She later particiapted in a silent march against the killing. Club Secretary Dharmendra Jore said the Club had requested the Karnataka government to order a CBI investigation into the killing and demanded efforts to ensure that the "masterminds and the foot-soldiers" behind the murder received the maximum punishment.

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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