Bengaluru, Sept 6: Even as activists, politicians and journalists all over the country joined in paying tributes to slain scribe of Karnataka Gauri Lankesh, the state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah constituted a SIT to probe the murder of the scribe.
Gauri Lankesh, 55, a journalist-editor of Maoist orientation was killed by some unidentified assailants while she was entering her house in Bangaluru locality on Tuesdya night. She was an outspoken critic of Hindutva ideology and politics. The activists gathered at various places in the country demanded full investigation into her murder.
The body of Gauri Lankesh was kept at the Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru where mourners paid their last respects. She was given the state funeral on Wednesday.
The Editors’ Guild, journalists in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, and other places expressed their anger over the attitude to ‘muzzle’ the voices of dissent.
In a letter to NIA DG the LRO said: “The very first paragraph of the report mentions that,"Gauri Lankesh, senior journalist and activist, was staunchly secular and vocal about it. Lankesh was known to be critical, and stridently so – about Hindutva, Right-Wing forces in the country and also about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This often got her into trouble and is what, many of her friends and associates suspect, got her killed.
“Especially last line of aforesaid paragraph specifically points out at deceased Gauri Lankesh's friends and associates along with Scroll website's reporters who have hints about the people conspiring and actually killing Gauri Lankesh.
“With this letter, LRO demands immediate interrogation of Scroll website's reporters to extract the names of "Friends and Associates" of Gauri Lankesh, who could share the names of perpetrators of her murder. LRO believes that immediate and professional investigation of Scroll's sources could quickly crack the case and it would help in reaching to the assassins. If we come across any such evidences in this regard we would like to share it with NIA.”