The Delhi Police on Thursday registered an FIR against a man who threatened to kill four eminent women and a senior journalist- Shobha De, Arundhati Roy, Kavitha Krishnan, Shiela Rashid and Sagarika Ghose- all of whom he termed “anti-national”.
A Facebook user named Vikramaditya Rana wrote a post on his wall that read, “Let d shooting of #GauriLankesh serve as example to those anti-nationals who masquerade as journalists & activists.”
“I hope this is not d last...should be episode of serial assassinations of all anti-nationals. Shobha De; Arundhati Roy; Sagarika Ghose; Kavitha Krishnan; Shiela Rashid etc at d end of a list that should start with anti-national & treacherous politicians. A hit list be prepared & eliminate all those on d list. At last a ray of hope (sic)...” it said.
The Delhi police is now tracing Rana and sought details of the IP addresses from which the post was written.
Delhi police came into action after Sagarika Ghose- one of the women threatened by Rana- tweeted about the venomous post.
A case has been registered under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and IT act, the police said.
Earlier on Tuesday night, 55-year-old staunch journalist Gauri Lankesh, known as an anti-establishment voice with anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home in Bengaluru.
Lankesh, a writer, publisher and editor, had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants sprayed bullets, of which two hit her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials had said.