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Anger over anti-black magic killing

Narendra DabholkarNarendra Dabholkar had openly criticised India's so-called "godmen"

A strike has been called in the Indian city of Pune to protest against the killing of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was campaigning for a law to ban black magic.

Mr Dabholkar, 71, was shot dead while taking his morning walk on Tuesday.

He was known for founding the Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith more than 20 years ago.

Critics accused him of being anti-religion in a country where mysticism and spirituality is venerated.

But in an interview with the Agence France-Presse news agency two years ago he rejected such charges.

Politicians and rationalist campaigners have spoken of their outrage and anger at his murder.

On Tuesday the chief minister of Maharashtra state expressed his grief at the murder and announced a reward for any information.

Media reports said his killing comes days after the state government said it would introduce the controversial anti-superstition bill.

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