Bengaluru, Dec 6: ‘Lankesh Patrike’, the tabloid owned by the late journalist Gauri Lankesh is to be renamed as Namma Gauri. Lankesh was assassinated on September 5, 2017 in her house.
Lankesh’s mother has asked for a change in the name of the paper, The Hindustan Times reported. “Her mother said she did not want us to use the name of Lankesh. Respecting this, we will call it Namma Gauri, but it will have the same staff,” HT quoted a member of the recently established Gauri Memorial Trust as saying. The source did not want to be named. Namma Gauri imples “Our Gauri” reported HT.
HS Doreswamy leads the trust and activist Teesta Setalvad is among its members. They plan to aid the Kannada publication financially. The HT report also states that the trust will launch an annual award in her name to reward journalists and provide fellowships to those who need it.
On Tuesday, friends and relatives of the famous journalist gathered to seek answers from the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah claiming they were disappointed by the progress in the investigations of her murder case. “We want those responsible to be caught without delay,” HT quoted Lankesh’s sister Kavita as saying.
A senior officer from Special Investigation Team (SIT) told HT that all the leads in the case turned out to be false. The SIT had released sketched of three suspects in October but did not receive any positive result. “We had received a tip-off that there were some persons who matched the sketches. But this turned out to be false,” the officer added.
Kavita added that their family still believes that the case will be resolved and they will get justice soon. “We haven’t given up hope,” she said.