Gauri Lankesh murder: Pressure on Karnataka government, senior party leaders ask CM Siddaramaiah to take action

By: | Updated: September 6, 2017 12:18 PM

The killing of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh has now mounted pressure on the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka as senior leaders yesterday said that mere promise of action by the chief minister was not enough.

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The killing of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh has now mounted pressure on the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka as senior leaders yesterday said that mere promise of action by the chief minister was not enough, as per The Indian Express. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said he instructed the state DGP R K Dutta to “ensure proper and thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

However, pointing to the “slow pace” of investigation into writer and rationalist M M Kalburgi’s murder in August 2015, some of some senior party leaders have said that those words should be translated into action. A Congress leader, on condition of anonymity, said that the Karnataka police is yet to make any arrest in connection with Kalburgi’s killing. “It’s been two years. I am told some organizations have started a day-and-night protest in Hubballi,” the party leader was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, tweeted: “Even Kalburgi’s murder case has not been solved as yet. Sad.” He said, “Karnataka Govt must come down strongly against such elements and must go all out to trace her murderers. Because they were all hard core outspoken critics of Right Wing Religious Fundamentalists.” In a series of tweets, Singh said, “Dabholkar Pansare Kulbargi and now Gauri all killed by hard core religious fundamentalists and almost in a similar manner. Why?” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The truth will never be silenced. Gauri Lankesh lives on in our hearts. My condolences and love to her family. The culprits have to be punished.”

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also posed several questions asking who was behind the current “climate of hate” across the country. “The cold-blooded murder of Gauri Lankesh is reprehensible. Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi — such murderous violence has an eerie pattern. Who has fostered this climate of bigotry, hate, intolerance & violence in India that took her life today? Why was she such a threat to them?” Yechury wrote on Twitter.

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