06 September, New Delhi
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched a tirade against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) over the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, saying that the people who raise a voice against the ideology of the latter duo are suppressed and even killed.
Talking to the media here, Rahul Gandhi said, “Anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP-RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed.”
Gandhi averred that those responsible should be caught and punished.
“I spoke to the Karnataka Chief Minister and mentioned that people who did this must be caught and punished,” he mentioned.
He further took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that he is a skilled Hindutva politician, adding that whatever he says has two meanings.
“It is very sad that a journalist against fanaticism was killed. The entire country is with her. Truth cannot be suppressed,” he added.
Lankesh was killed on Tuesday at her residence in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar by some unidentified assailants at around 8-8:30 pm.
As per reports, three bullets were pumped in her body.
Reportedly, Lankesh’s body has been shifted to Victoria hospital for post-mortem and the cremation will take place today.
Lankesh was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid described as an “anti-establishment” publication.
Following this, major protest demonstrations have been planned across India, especially in prominent parts of Karnataka.