After Senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru, Delhi Police's cyber cell on Thursday registered an FIR against a man who has openly threatened Sagarika Ghose on Facebook.
The post called Ghose and four other women activist “anti-national” and said she should be assassinated like Gauri Lankesh.
"We registered an FIR after receiving a complaint from Sagarika Ghose under the IT Act. In her complaint, Sagarika said she saw an open threat post from a man who has two different accounts by the names of 'Vikram Aditya Rana' and 'Vikramjb Rana' on Facebook. He is a native of Shillong," said DCP Anyesh Roy.
So @DelhiPolice registered a case on my complaint on death threat on Facebook & invstgn by cyber crime cell. Hope they track him down!— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) September 7, 2017
The post 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.
It was only after Ghose posted on Twitter about the post, the Delhi Police came into action and registered a case under the relevant sections of the IPC and IT Act, the police said.
Gauri, aged 55, had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said. She died instantaneously. Four bullets hit the compound wall of her building in
Rajarajeshwari Nagar, the officials said.