• Saturday, 21 September 2019

Ready to cooperate with SIT, says Gauri Lankesh's brother

Bengaluru (Karnataka) , September 7 : The death of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh has shaken the entire journalistic fraternity and has opened questions about the safety of firebrand journalists.

Lankesh's family, on its part, has said that all they want is justice and will fully cooperate with the Special Investigation team (SIT).

Talking about his sister's "fight of ideologies" that probably led to her death, Indrajit Lankesh said, "She had strong ideological views, be it about Naxals or the right wing. We are all together and ensuring justice for her."

Indrajit Lankesh further said that what she did with the Naxals was "admirable", and he respects that.

"She was trying to bring them to mainstream," said Indrajit Lankesh, brother of Gauri Lankesh.

Addressing the media today, he further said that the SIT has formed three different teams and they are working on the case.

"It's not about going to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it's not about a special judge or SIT, it's about getting justice. And for that we are ready to do anything for that," Indrajit Lankesh said.

He also added that they saw the suffering of Kalburgi's family. "We don't want it to happen like that. I am just requesting the government and am requesting the investigating team to give justice to my family and to give justice to Gauri," he said.

Indrajit added that Gauri Lankesh was friends with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has said that the Chief Minister had assured the family that if they want then he will give the case to CBI.

He further requested the media to not politicise the issue and said, "Please don't give this incident political or ideological colour."

Gauri Lankesh's sister, who was also present at the press conference said that Gauri had come to her mother's house and talked about "some kind of guy who was suspiciously walking around her house."

"There are brave people, but Gauri was 'foolishly brave'," said Gauri's sister.

Indrajit Lankesh also said that for fourteen years, Gauri ran the publication without any advertising and from her savings.

"She continued father's legacy, and I am proud of her," said Indrajit Lankesh and added that Gauri was like her father, who too was very "aggressive" in his writing and so was she.

"She had no personal enmities, only ideological adversaries," said Indrajit Lankesh, brother of Gauri Lankesh.

He also said that the Home Minister had told that all angles had to be probed, adding, "We agree that every angle has to be and should be probed."

Speaking to ANI, Indrajit Lankesh said that Gauri was rehabilitating the Naxalites, and so if there are any differences they have to be probed.

"But that is not the only reason. She was a firebrand journalist, and she was the critic of the right wing. If that is the reason then it has to be probed," Indrajit Lankesh said.

Directing a statement to the journalists present, Indrajit said, "If you say that somebody, who writes about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is killed, then I don't have an answer to that. Because you know it better and I don't even have to say it."

"First the right wing extremists were considered to be involved because Gauri was a strong critic of theirs," said Indrajit Lankesh.

He has requested all the media organisations to look at all the angles and try to come to a conclusion.

"We have still not been able to find M.M. Kalburgi's killers," he said.

Senior journalist Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday at her residence in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar by some unidentified assailants at around 8-8:30 p.m.

As per the reports, three bullets were pumped in her body.

Her last rites were held at Bengaluru's Chamrajpet Cemetery earlier in the day.

Lankesh was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid described as an "anti-establishment" publication.

An SIT comprising of 19 officers, headed by IGP Intelligence B.K. Singh, has been formed to probe Gauri Lankesh's murder.



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