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"Holding the Prime Minister responsible for it is wrong", he said. "Some even justified Lankesh's murder".

Kummanam said Congress and CPM leaders' attempt to reap political benefit out of this tragic incident is ridiculous. "In this context, it is imperative that the authorities act swiftly and arrest the culprits behind this murder and buck this alarming trend", he said.

Indrajit said he and his sister had parted ways because of ideological differences, but that didn't mean they didn't share a personal bond. Survived by her mother, sister, brother and others, Gauri owned and edited Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a popular Kannada magazine. "Though, the assailants are unidentified, the murder falls in the pattern that establishes links with the assassination of rationalist and thinkers Narendra Dabholkar, M.M. Kalburgi and Govind Pansare", said Christopher Fonseca, general secretary of CPI, Goa, in a statement. All those who are aware of the democratic values should react against this incident. The Karnataka government has set up a Special Investigation Team to track down the killers, even as the family of the slain journalist have demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe.

Speaking to the press later, Rahul said he had spoken to the Karnataka CM and told him that the people who did this must be caught and punished. The PM is a skilled Hindutva politician.

In an audacious attack, unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants pumped bullets into 55-year-old Gauri, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views against Hindutva politics, as she left her auto after reaching her home.