Goa journalists union, Church body condemn Lankesh's murder

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Warangal: Severe condemnation was poured, here on Wednesday, against the murder of Karnataka journalist Gauri Lankesh as her final rites were held with full state honours in Bengaluru on the day.

Along with thousands of their colleagues across India, the writers and intellectuals of Goa have expressed widespread shock, revulsion and anger over the assassination of Gauri Lankesh, the Bengaluru-based veteran journalist, activist, and long-time editor of the Kannada tabloid, Gauri Lankesh Patrike.

But critics of Modi's government say dissent is being stifled as nationalist sentiment grows in the world's largest democracy.

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"I will give him (prime minister) all respect, but he will have to answer this before writing any slogan or couplet on women that how come he keeps company with young people like (Nikhil) Dadhich".

Ms Lankesh (55), known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her Bengaluru residence last evening. "There is a definite pattern in the murder of rationalists and free thinkers and those who question the government - Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi and now Lankesh", said Congress spokesmen Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

Union Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar said it was for the Congress government in Karnataka to "seriously" probe the case and nab the culprits. Her death has been met by mass protests and vigils in at least eight cities in her home state, as well as a dozen other cities, including Panaji. After parking her vehicle outside the gate and walking to the main entrance of her home the assailants fired at least seven rounds, police said.

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The club condemned the killing of journalist and demanded that the culprits should be booked at the earliest.

Previous year she was found guilty of defaming a lawmaker from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a 2008 article about alleged corruption.

"The government, the BJP or any of its organisations have no connection with the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh", Gadkari told reporters.

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