Journalist’s murder: Home Ministry seeks report from K’taka

Bengaluru: File photo of  Noted Kannada journalist Gowri Lankesh who  has been shot dead by unidentified miscreants  in her Raja Rajeshwari Nagar residence, Bengaluru, September 5, 2017

Bengaluru: File photo of Noted Kannada journalist Gowri Lankesh who has been shot dead by unidentified miscreants in her Raja Rajeshwari Nagar residence, Bengaluru, September 5, 2017

The Union Home Ministry has sought a report from the Karnataka government on the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.

The move came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to get a report from the state government, a 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 was gunned down at her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Reports say Karnataka government has decided to form a Special Investigation Team to probe the killing.

There was widespread outrage and condemnation on the cold blooded murder of the journalist.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani condemned the killing of Lankesh and hoped there would be a speedy investigation and justice delivered.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi also condemned the incident.

The Editors Guild of India “strongly condemned” the murder of Lankesh and called for a judicial probe into the incident.

(With inputs from PTI)