#GauriLankesh: Did Karnataka Home Minister state ‘Will probe Maoist link to murder’ as claimed by Republic TV?

Many who were present at the Karnataka Home Minister’s press briefing on Gauri Lankesh’s murder were taken by surprise when a tweet by Republic TV quoted him as saying “Will probe Maoist link to murder”. They were sure the Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had made no such statement.

Republic: Will probe Maoist link to murder: Karnataka Home Minister on Gauri Lankesh's Murder

The tweet by Republic has the statement in quotes. Anyone reading it would think that these were the exact words or a translation of the exact words of the minister. Two journalists who were present when the Home Minister addressed the journalists tweeted their reaction to the Republic TV’s tweet.

There you go, Maoist link to Gauri Lankesh’s murder” The reaction of the right-wingers to Gauri Lankesh’s murder was predictable. They had not only engaged in their classic victim shaming and whataboutery but also cheered on hearing about the murder. Republic TV now gave them the Maoist link to talk about.

Prashant Patel Umrao Karnataka Home Minister said will probe maoist link to murder of Gauri Lankesh is it having any connection with her last night tweets

The Republic tweet about the Karnataka Home Minister’s statement of the Maoist link was widely quoted as a new angle to the murder. Did the minister really make the statement that Republic TV attributed to him?

Alt News spoke to some of those present at the briefing and they confirmed that they did not hear the minister say this or even use the term “Maoist” in his statement. Alt News got a recording of the press interaction to reconfirm what the minister said.

The Karnataka Home Minister, Ramalinga Reddy was asked the question, “she played a major role in asking Naxalites from Chikmagalur to surrender. Few have already surrendered; Do you think their groups have played role in this Murder?” To this the minister replied, “only after investigation we can come to know”. This is very different from saying “Will probe Maoist link to murder” that was tweeted in quotes by Republic TV.

As reported by The Hindu, the minister had said, “Though there is a similarity with the murder of M.M. Kalburgi, it is too early to draw conclusions” Clearly the minister was not drawing any conclusions at that stage. Three teams have been formed to probe the murder. Indian Express also quotes the minister as saying “It will not be appropriate for me to make any comments as to who is behind the incident. It could be for personal reasons or for ideological reasons.” Despite him exercising caution and choosing his words carefully, they were twisted to give a Maoist angle by Republic TV.

As a final check and confirmation, Alt News contacted the minister himself to clarify what he said. We informed him about the tweet by Republic which quotes him stating “Will probe Maoist link to murder“. The minister categorically denied that he made any statement about the Maoist link and reconfirmed the statement that other media houses have quoted.

At a time when there is so much vitriol being spread on social media about the murder of Gauri Lankesh, is it too much to ask Republic TV to play a responsible role? Republic TV must answer why it twisted the statement of the Home Minister to conclude that a Maoist angle was being investigated.

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16 Comments on "#GauriLankesh: Did Karnataka Home Minister state ‘Will probe Maoist link to murder’ as claimed by Republic TV?"

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Sam, Much respect to you for another brilliant article. Thank you and thank you.


Republic TV is capitalist agent!


Republic TV is puppet of RSS game show, motive of its establishment nurtured somewhere in Nagpur Laboratory

Raj Baral
I am very much assured that there is no any relation between journalism and Republic TV. Since its inception, it has been just trying to divert the core issues. Republic TV tried his best to change the narrative that could go in benevolence of the government. I think BJP should declare Republic TV as a spokesperson TV. Now Mr. Arnab Goswami, citizens of this democratic country want to know, that, why Republic TV is doing such a thing and what is the purpose behind it? Thanks Sam for your article. Thanks Alt News for commendable job and this is called… Read more »

OK if you consider Arnab as pro BJP then by same rules which you apply, Sam can be considered anti BJP.

Definitely all, Left sympathizers, Christians and Muslims are anti BJP. There’s nothing to be surprised.
Sam, David, khans, rashids etc…


Arnab is based on Lies. Sam is not.


Me too anti bjp…from core of my heart. My ram is in my heart


Home minister didn’t even say that there was no maoist link. So it means all angles will be looked at. Definitely it means they are going to probe maoist link. Or else he would have told that there’s no link.


Home minister is going to check pakistan link ,modi link, usa link, IS link, sharma ji link as per your out of the world logic


Totally idiotic way of thinking. Police are still investigating and already idiots have come to conclusions.


Trollers r visiting thia truthful sites to apread venom recieved from pool of lies….ignoring them is better to indulge in useless dicussion


No surprise. Republic TV is funded by BJP MP. Why you expect that it will say any thing different from what Sambit patra says??
(ARG Outlier (the company which owns Republic) is Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, through his company Asianet News Online Pvt Ltd (ANOPL).
Arnab Gowswami is a BJP spokesperson.


The murder of gauri lankesh is surely the death of Republic TV. Yesterdayz debate was the last nail in the coffin. Arnab for the first time seemed to b ashamed of wot he was doing. In the anxiety to please his paying masters he lost the plot. Now he want yechury and rahul gandhi to say sorry for blaming BJP, Nothing more…. What a shame… What a blot on journalism!!


eye opener..


I was expecting selective coverage for Gauri Lankesh Vs Rajdev Ranjan article. but I think no time for samJaved for this article.Can you replys samJaved


Why is the audio clipping not presented here?