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LIVE: CM Siddaramaiah Orders SIT Probe Into Gauri Lankesh Murder; CCTV Footage Holds the Key

News18.com | September 6, 2017, 7:05 PM IST
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The Karnataka government has formed a Special Investigation Team to probe the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. The BJP has demanded a CBI probe, saying the Congress-led state government may not be able to “handle” the investigation. The Congress, meanwhile, has blamed the RSS ideology, accusing it of trying to crush the voice of “dissent”. Bengaluru Police, meanwhile, have secured the CCTV footage from Lankesh’s residence which now holds the key to the killers’ identity.

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Sep 6, 2017 7:05 pm (IST)

A police honour guard gave a gun-salute to the slain journalist.

Sep 6, 2017 7:02 pm (IST)

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy and a host of other leaders were present at the burial ground to pay their last respects to Gauri Lankesh.

Sep 6, 2017 7:02 pm (IST)

Gauri Lankesh's mortal remains were buried at the TR Mill crematorium in Chamarajpet in central Bengaluru. Her brother Indrajit Lankesh had earlier told reporters that the family would not be following any religious customs at the funeral. Gauri hailed from the Lingayat community that does not cremate its dead.

Sep 6, 2017 7:01 pm (IST)
br /> Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh laid to rest
Thousands of people bade tearful farewell to renowned Kannada journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh as she was laid to rest at the TR Mill crematorium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. People gathered to witness the funeral chanted "Gauri Lankesh Amar Rahe" (Long live Gauri Lankesh).

Sep 6, 2017 3:41 pm (IST)

At Press Club protest, journalist demand justice for Lankesh 

Outraged over the gunning down of one of their own, Gauri Lankesh, prominent journalists from across the city gathered at the Press Club of India and demanded justice amid call for standing up to "forces" trying to the "muzzle" the voices of dissent. Author and senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta termed Tuesday's killing of Lankesh in Bengaluru as "a defining moment" in the history of Indian media.

"We are seeing the space for free-thinking shrinking. They want to silence the people who want to hold truth to power. We cannot remain silent because that is what they want. Don't keep quiet. That would be their success," he said.

Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at the entrance of her residence in the Rajrajeshwari Nagar, Karnataka police chief R K Dutta said.

Sep 6, 2017 2:25 pm (IST)

US Condemns Murder of Journalist Gauri Lankesh

The US Mission in India joins advocates of press freedom in India and worldwide in condemning the murder of respected journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.  We offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Lankesh (US Embassy in their press release)

Sep 6, 2017 2:20 pm (IST)
Sep 6, 2017 1:37 pm (IST)

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah pays last respect to the mortal remains of Gauri Lankesh at Ravindra Kalakshethra.

Sep 6, 2017 1:17 pm (IST)


Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to get a report from the state government, the home ministry official said. The Karnataka government has been asked to provide details of the incident and the steps taken to nab those involved in the killing, the official said. The 55-year-old journalist, known for her outspoken views on Hindutva politics, was gunned down at her residence in Bengaluru on Friday. The Karnataka government today decided to form a Special Investigation Team to probe the killing. There were widespread outrage and condemnation at the cold blooded murder of the journalist.

Sep 6, 2017 1:07 pm (IST)

We don't Whether similar weapon which was used in Kalburgim Pansare and Dabholkar were used to kill Gauri Lankesh...It is true that it is an organised crime, let the Police look into it...We cannot say if it was a part of the conspiracy: says Siddaramaiah. 

Sep 6, 2017 12:58 pm (IST)

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Sep 6, 2017 12:46 pm (IST)
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We have instructed police to give protections of free speech activists and rationalisations and progressive voices, says Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah 

Sep 6, 2017 12:26 pm (IST)

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah address the media on the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

"There are four CCTV cameras at Gauri Lankesh's house. One at the parking area, one near the door and one at basement and backyard. Police have taken footages from the front ones. A special investigation team (SIT) is formed, headed by IG level officer. The team will look exclusively into the Gauri Lankesh murder case. We are not giving the Gauri Lankesh murder case to CID as of now. The Kalburgi case is with CID now."

Sep 6, 2017 12:21 pm (IST)


Senior Jorunalist Gauri Lankesh, 55, had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately, with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said. She died instantaneously.

Sep 6, 2017 12:14 pm (IST)


Students of Bangalore University boycott clasees in protest against Gauri Lankesh murder

Sep 6, 2017 12:14 pm (IST)

Puducherry Journalists Association condemns Gauri Lankesh's murder

The Puducherry Journalists Association today condemned the murder of renowned Kannada journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. President of the Association D Sivakumar in a release here termed the murder as " beastly and highly condemnable." He also said the culprits involved in the "cowardly act" should be brought to book and deterrent action should be taken.

Sep 6, 2017 12:06 pm (IST)

Anybody who speaks against ideology of BJP-RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed, says Rahul Gandhi 

Sep 6, 2017 12:06 pm (IST)

The state government should launch a serious investigation into the Gauri Lankesh murder case, says Ananth Kumar

Sep 6, 2017 12:04 pm (IST)

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar is addressing the media on the Gauri Lankesh murder. 

Sep 6, 2017 11:56 am (IST)

Varun Gandhi condemns killing of Gauri Lankesh

Sep 6, 2017 11:40 am (IST)

Karnataka Home Minister will address a press conference at 12 pm on the Gauri Lankesh Murder case.

Sep 6, 2017 11:38 am (IST)

 Congress' Sashi Tharoor reacted against Gauri Lankesh's murder 

Sep 6, 2017 11:38 am (IST)

 Congress' Sashi Tharoor reacted against Gauri Lankesh's murder 

Sep 6, 2017 11:36 am (IST)

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury reacted to Gauri Lankesh's murder

Sep 6, 2017 11:27 am (IST)

Sonia Gandhi expresses shock and distress

Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, has expressed shock & distress at the heinous and cowardly murder of well-known editor and activist, Gauri Lankesh.  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. Congress President has spoken to the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah and urged him to swiftly bring the culprits to the book.  "Every possible measure should be taken to maintain a safe and secure atmosphere in the state", she added.

Sep 6, 2017 11:19 am (IST)


Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called for an emergency meeting with top police officials to probe Bengaluru journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder case. Gauri Lankesh, 55, had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately, with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said. She died instantaneously.

Sep 6, 2017 11:17 am (IST)

Karnataka Home Ministry sources said they are close to crack Gauri Lankesh's murder case.  

Sep 6, 2017 11:14 am (IST)

Smriti Irani condemns killing of Gauri Lankesh

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani condemned the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and hoped that there would be a speedy investigation and justice delivered.  The Kannada journalist-activist, known for her left- leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence last night.

"Condemn killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Hope speedy investigation is conducted and justice delivered. Condolences to the family," the minister said on Twitter.

Lankesh, 55, had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately, with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said. She died instantaneously.

Sep 6, 2017 11:11 am (IST)

Gauri's brother confident that culprits will be arrested soon

Brother of slain senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh expressed confidence that the culprits will be traced soon with the help of concrete evidence from the CCTV footage and the journalist's mobile phone.

"The CCTV camera (in the premises) has captured the whole incident. I am very confident that the culprits will be caught soon," Indrajit Lankesh, Gauri's brother, and a filmmaker told reporters.

"In fact, her mobile phone also contains a lot of evidence and clues. The investigation is underway. I will provide details later in the day.," he said.

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