Scribes condemn murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

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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. Gauri Lankesh lives on in our hearts.

Margherita Journalists Association has condemned the barbaric killing of Bangalore-based senior journalist Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday night by unidentified assailants.

"The intolerance unleashed on one pretext or the other appears to find tacit encouragement from the Union and State governments through its silence, thereby emboldening criminals to brazenly celebrate such crimes", it said in a statement.

"I will give him (prime minister) all respect, but he will have to answer this before writing any slogan or couplet on women that how come he keeps company with young people like (Nikhil) Dadhich".

The BJP's rivals used the occasion to launch a scathing attack on it, saying there was a pattern in the killing of Lankesh and the earlier murders of rationalist thinkers Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M. Kalburgi - of muzzling the voice of dissent. In Ahmedabad, 200 people, including journalists, gathered at Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati area in defence of freedom of expression, said Gujarat Media Club President Darshan Desai.

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"The CCTV camera has captured the whole incident", Indrajit, Lankesh's brother told reporters. "The Congress government must investigate the matter and book the culprits soon", he said.

The Minister also blamed Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his government for not taking previous sensitive criminal cases seriously. "The Chief Minister has said that those responsible would be caught and punished".

With the killing in poll-bound Karnataka sending shock waves, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced a SIT probe headed by an Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Gadkari sought to put the onus of maintaining law and order on the Congress government in Karnataka.

"Apart from handing over Ganapathy's case to CBI, the court commented on the investigation process of state government".