PM Modi urged to unfollow those abusing Gauri Lankesh, celebrating her murder

Randolph Lopez
September 7, 2017

The SIO national secretary Syed Azharuddin, speaking on the occasion, said the murder of Gauri Lankesh once again showcased the fact that the democratic right of dissent was in peril.

The Goa Union of Journalists, as well a Church organisation on Wednesday, condemned the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. "It is the responsibility of the Karnataka government to maintain law and order".

Briefing reporters after chairing a meeting of senior police officials with Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy to take stock of the investigation, Siddaramaiah said he had told the police that the case should be taken "very seriously".

The 55-year-old, who was shot dead by three unknown gunmen on a motorcycle as she entered her home in the southern city of Bangalore in Karnataka state late Tuesday, was a fierce critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing government.

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Union minister Ananth Kumar said the state government should probe the murder and arrest the killers.

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. Protests and candlelit vigils were held in her memory across the country. After parking her vehicle outside the gate and walking to the main entrance of her home the assailants fired at least seven rounds, police said.

Chennai journalists gathered at the Press Club to condemn the murder. She had also earned the wrath of many so-called godmen and spiritual institutions for exposing sexual abuses in the name of "spiritual salvation". "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he said. "These killings are a threat to democracy and I appeal to everyone to unite and fight against radical and fascist Hindutva ideology which has paralyzed the entire country", said Pappu Dutta.

Her son and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi went a step further and accused the BJP of silencing dissent.

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