BJP, RSS not linked to Lankesh's murder: Gadkari

by Abel Hampton September 7, 2017, 0:41
BJP, RSS not linked to Lankesh's murder: Gadkari

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday lashed out at the online trolls over the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, asserting that he strongly condemns and deplores the messages on social media. Ms Lankesh went on to start her own Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike in 2005.

The club condemned the killing of journalist and demanded that the culprits should be booked at the earliest. "It is unfortunate and not good for the democracy", he said.

The murder has revived memories of the 2015 murder of MM Kalburgi, the 77-year-old former vice chancellor of Hampi University and the failure of the police to make any arrests in this case, piling more pressure on the Karnataka police to hunt her killers. Pansare's daughter Megha was among those who joined in solidarity.

He urged more journalists to ask questions, arguing that if lakhs did so, it would not be easy to target individuals.

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.

"We want an impartial investigation based on circumstantial evidences".

Sandhya, an activist in Hyderabad, said, "Everyone should condemn this barbaric act by the Hindutva forces".

According to journalist Anoo Bhuyan, Lankesh was the victim of frequent death and assault threats on social media. "The Congress should clarify why they are not ready for that", he said.

Lankesh was famous across India for campaigning against the influence of religion on Indian politics. Kumar said, "Even if we were to believe all this (that Lankesh was Maoist sympathiser), it is the duty of the police and judiciary to decide illegality".


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