Even as Union Home Ministry seeks report, Nitin Gadkari says linking Gauri Lankesh murder to BJP is baseless; says the PM 'cannot react on everything'
Gauri Lankesh's sister, Kavitha, grieves near her mortal remains in Bengaluru as the police honour guard gave a gun-salute to the slain journalist
Amid widespread protests across the country, the Union Home Ministry yesterday sought a report from the Karnataka government on the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. The move came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to get a report from the state. The 55-year-old journalist, known for her outspoken views on Hindutva politics, was gunned down at her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The state has decided to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the murder.
Thousands joined the 'I am also Gauri' rally. Pics/PTI & AFP
On the evidence available so far, CM Siddaramaiah said there were four CCTV cameras installed at Gauri's house, and one of them had caught the image of a person wearing a helmet entering the gate and firing at her after which she collapsed two to three feet away. "I have asked the police to see that the assailants are arrested immediately," he said.
All the PM's men
Defending PM Modi's silence on the case, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, "The PM had not reacted and for that they are holding him responsible. The PM cannot react on everything. There should be a proper probe. Government of India, BJP or any of our organisations are not linked to this murder. The president of a political party has reacted irresponsibly. The allegation is baseless and unfortunate. Law and order of Karnataka is the responsibility of the state government, under Congress."
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Parties slam BJP
Sonia Gandhi, Congress chief
'The series of killings of rationalists, free thinkers and journalists in the country has created an atmosphere that dissent, ideological differences and divergence of views can endanger our lives'
D Raja, CPI national secretary
'The right-wing fascist forces have become so aggressive that they are taking law into their hands'
Gauri killing similar to Kalburgi murder?
Gauri Lankesh's murder comes close to the second anniversary of the killing of noted Kannada writer and rationalist MM Kalburgi (77), who fell to the bullets of two unidentified men at his residence at Dharwad in north Karnataka, considered the state's cultural capital, on August 30, 2015.
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