State funeral for journalist Gauri Lankesh

Violet Powell
September 7, 2017

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says his government is making efforts to ban the online game "Blue Whale Challenge", which allegedly incites participants to commit suicide. "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.

Senior journalist Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday at her residence in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar by some unidentified assailants at around 8-8:30 p.m.

She was laid to rest with full state honours amid chants of "Gauri Lankesh Amar Rahe (Long live Gauri Lankesh)" as her body was lowered into the grave. He hoped that the Karnataka police would soon nab the killers.

Gauri Lankesh was actively working with the Karnataka government to bring Naxalites into the mainstream, an initiative that hadn't gone down well with them, Indrajit said. He also said his government had an "open mind" to an investigation by CBI, which the slain journalist's family has demanded.

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When asked about the evidence gathered so far, Siddaramaiah said there were four CCTV cameras installed at Gauri's house, and one of them had caught the image of a person wearing a helmet entering the gate and firing at her after which she collapsed two to three feet away.

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. "It is a sad reminder of danger the journalists facing from anti progressive forces", he said. "We want justice (sic)", she had written.

Gadkari went on to defend Prime Minister Narendra Modi against criticism on his silence over the killing.

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