SIT to probe Gauri Lankesh's murder

Ravi Shankar Prasad trolled by RSS supporters after he condemns PM Modi's followers on Gauri Lankesh's death

"Law and order of Karnataka is the responsibility of the state government, under Congress". "It is a fight of not just these four families but the entire society as these incidents show that the entire democratic system of the country is in danger", he said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday sought a report from Karnataka government on the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.

Gauri, a writer, publisher and editor, had returned home in her auto and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants sprayed bullets, with two hitting her on the chest and one on her forehead.

Investigators pinned their hopes on the CCTV footage to get some clues about the identity of the killers.

The murder of Gauri Lankesh, 55, the editor and publisher of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike newspaper, has raised fresh concerns about press freedom in India and triggered protests and widespread condemnation.

"In a democracy, we have tolerate the voice 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 in Bengaluru to the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, and submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah seeking immediate action to bring the culprits to book.

"We learnt that the victim was shot dead from close range when she was standing at the gate of her house in Rajarajeswari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8.30 p.m.", a senior police officer in Police Commissioner's office told IANS.

She demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should look into the matter and provide answers for the attacks.

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