State funeral for journalist Gauri Lankesh

Sep 07, 2017, 01:52
State funeral for journalist Gauri Lankesh

The journalist was shot outside her Bengaluru home on Tuesday.

With tears in their eyes and amid rains, a large number of people thronged the TR Mill crematorium in Bengaluru to pay their last respects to the outspoken journalist.

Gauri Lankesh was actively working with the Karnataka government to bring Naxalites into the mainstream, an initiative that hadn't gone down well with them, Indrajit said.

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He said the Prime Minister could not react on everything.

Investigators pinned their hopes on the CCTV footage to get some clues about the identity of the killers.

"In a democracy, we have tolerate the voice of dissent".

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Gauri's murder comes close to the second anniversary of the killing of noted Kannada writer and rationalist M M 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.

Indrajit Lankesh, the brother of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh, on Wednesday said sources had informed him of a threat to the Lankesh Patrike editor's life. "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he said.

Salil Neog, president of AJYCP Margherita Regional Committee, Ramanus Lakra, general secretary of AASAA Tinsukia District Committee and Sibu Talukdar, secretary general of Federation of Barua Buddhist Welfare Association of Assam, also condemned and criticized the Modi government under whose rule the Hindutva forces were allegedly killing intellectuals.

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