Goa journalists union, Church body condemn Lankesh's murder

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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. The members of Goa Writers have announced plans to commemorate and discuss the life work of Gauri Lankesh at the annual Arts and Literature Festival in December, of which the group is co-organiser.

The All India People's Science Network (AIPSN) condemns Ms. Gauri Lankesh's murder, conveys its heart-felt condolences to her family and friends and expresses its solidarity with the journalist community.

Briefing reporters after chairing a meeting of senior police officials with Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy to take stock of the investigation, Siddaramaiah said he had told the police that the case should be taken "very seriously".

Late Tuesday night, unidentified assailants fired at Gauri Lankesh outside her home in an up-scale residential suburb of Bengaluru.

The saffron party also asked the Karnataka government to arrest the murderers swiftly and wondered if the SIT constituted by it will meet the same fate as the one probing the August 2016 murder of rationalist MM Kalburgi, whose killers remain untraced.

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Since dusk, candlelight vigils were held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram. She also faced convictions in two defamation cases.

The AIPSN demands speedy action from the Government of Karnataka to bring to book the forces that have committed this heinous crime and which continue to disturb peace and communal harmony.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of silencing dissent, saying it was a part of their ideology.

Strongly rejecting the opposition accusation, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the BJP, the government or any organisation could not be blamed for the killing.