Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT formed to probe case

Woman journalist's killing shocks India

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.

However, top leaders of the Congress and the BJP were locked in a spat over the killing. He said the Prime Minister could not react on everything.

Citing the Supreme Court's Tuesday order, Kumar said the court ordered the Karnataka government to hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of Deputy Superintendent of Police M.K. Ganapathy, who was found dead in a lodge at Madikeri in Bengaluru past year. "Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru".

Union minister Ananth Kumar said the state government should probe the murder and arrest the killers. "Government of India, BJP or any of our organisations are not linked to this murder", Gadkari said.

Hitting out at the Congress vice-president, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said he was trying to make political capital out of Lankesh's murder, which he termed as an act of mindless violence. "It is the responsibility of the Karnataka government to maintain law and order. He will do well to concentrate on these shortcomings rather than making frivolous comments".

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.

Lankesh was an outspoken critic of Hindutva politics. Ms. Gauri Lankesh was killed on the night of 5th September, 2017, right in front of her residence in Bangalore.

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