The banned organization Communist Party of India (Maoist) said today that it has no role in the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. After denying its role in the killing, the CPI-Maoist further said that the act was committed by the Sangh Parivar. The CPI-Maoist said that the act was committed by “Brahmanical Hindu-fascist goons of Sangh Parivar led by Mohan Bhagwat”. The central committee spokesperson of CPI-Maoist, Abhay, said that the killing of Gauri Lankesh was a blatant attack on free speech and freedom of the press. It was also an attack on all the revolutionary, democratic, progressive, secular, and rational dissenting voices of the country.
Since the time of killing of Gauri Lankesh, there have been several speculations regarding her killers and their motives. Since Lankesh was a critic of right parties and organizations, there were speculations that some right-wing organization may be responsible for her murder. However, all of these are mere speculation and there is no concrete proof as yet. The Karnataka government has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the matter. The SIT is headed by inspector general of police (intelligence) BK Singh. CPI-Maoist spokesperson Abhay said that by accusing his organization, the real culprits are just trying to cover up their crimes.