Case against historian for accusing BJP-RSS of journalist’s murder

Karnataka BJP Yuva Morcha has filed a criminal complaint against historian Ramachandra Guha.

The Yuva Morcha had sent a legal notice to Guha asking him to apologise and withdraw his statement where he had alleged that the RSS and BJP had a role in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Guha had said that that the RSS was behind the recent killings of activists and journalists. He had also blamed the BJP government for creating an atmosphere of intolerance in the society.

Since Guha did not reply to the legal notice, the youth wing has filed a complaint with the Malleswaram Police Station saying that criminal proceedings should be initiated against him.

This is what Guha had said soon after Gauri Lankesh’s murder:

“It was likely that Gauri’s murderers came from the same Sangh Parivar from which the murderers of Pansare, Dabholkar and Kalburgi came. The ruling dispensation in Delhi has created a climate of hate and intolerance.”

After the BJP issued a legal notice, Guha took to the social media and said “Atal Bihari Vajpayee said the answer to a book or article can only be another book or article. But we no longer live in Vajpayee’s India.”

“In India today, independent writers and journalists are harassed, persecuted, and even killed. But we shall not be silenced.”

The Yuva Morcha has accused Guha of making baseless allegations against the party.

“We have begun criminal proceedings against Guha as he has not apologised and made unfounded accusations against us. We will ensure that an FIR is filed an he is taken to court,” said Tejaswi Surya, spokesperson of the BJP and state president of Yuva Morcha.

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