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"Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru".

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed alarm over the killing of Lankesh and demanded justice.

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.

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"People say that the Prime Minister is quiet and Prime Minister has not said anything".

One of India's most prominent journalists was shot dead on Tuesday by unidentified attackers at her home in the city of Bangalaru.

Chennai journalists gathered at the Press Club to condemn the murder. "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.

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Echoing her views, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asserted that anybody who speaks against the ideology of BJP and RSS, is "pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed".

He also said that he spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and has been assured that the guilty will not be spared. Club Secretary Dharmendra Jore said the Club had requested the Karnataka government to order a CBI investigation into the killing and demanded efforts to ensure that the "masterminds and the foot-soldiers" behind the murder received the maximum punishment. "The BJP, the central government or any organisation related to us has no relation with this incident", Union minister Nitin Gadkari said.

The government of Karnataka is led by the national opposition Congress Party, but the BJP is gunning for victory in state elections due to be held next year.

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Union minister Ananth Kumar said the state government should probe the murder and arrest the killers.

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