BJP, RSS not linked to Lankesh's murder: Gadkari

Woman journalist's killing shocks India

He said the Prime Minister could not react on everything. "These killings are a threat to democracy and I appeal to everyone to unite and fight against radical and fascist Hindutva ideology which has paralyzed the entire country", said Pappu Dutta.

According to witnesses, three bullets were fired at Lankesh's forehead, killing her instantaneously. Also, he said his Government has an "open mind" to an investigation by the CBI, a demand made by the slain journalist's family.

Gadkari sought to put the onus of maintaining law and order on the Congress government in Karnataka.

Since dusk, candlelight vigils were held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram.

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No one can miss the uniformity of pattern of the four murders, as well as their symbolic import: Govind Pansare was a communist; Narendra Dhabolkar a rationalist; M M Kalburgi a reformist, spiritual thinker and writer; and Gauri Lankesh a fearless journalist and social worker.

Scores of journalists gathered at the Press Club of India in the national capital and demanded justice amid calls for standing up to "forces" trying to "muzzle" the voices of dissent. "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he said. Journalists took out a march from the Press Club to the Vidhana Soudha, the State secretariat, and submitted a memorandum to Siddaramaiah, seeking immediate action to bring the culprits to book.

Police said they were searching for leads, but that it was too early to say who killed her.

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