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Siddaramaiah condemns death of Gauri Lankesh, says Karnataka lost strong progressive voice

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru
Andrew Cummings | 06 September, 2017, 13:51

The Press Corps of Mumbai and elsewhere in Maharashtra condemned the brutal killing of Gauri Lankesh, the journalist-turned-activist from Bengaluru - whose murder has sparked nationwide reactions.

The Bengaluru Police Commissioner has confirmed the incident; top police officers have rushed to the spot.

M.N. Anucheth, DCP (West), said her body was found on the verandah of her house in R.R. Nagar police station limits. At least three unidentified assailants fired at Lankesh as she returned home from work, according to reports that cited witnesses. The next moment she collapsed and is now more. "Two people who posted something on Facebook [against Gauri Lankesh] are being questioned". She was attacked outside her residence. The shooting has caused outrage on Twitter. Instructions have been issued to crack the case and bring the culprits to book at the earliest, he said.

"Shocking and blood curdling to hear about the murder of Gauri Lankesh. These monstrous criminals must be nailed and dealt with sternly", tweeted Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon. Quoting the police, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also revealed thar the journalist was shot dead by unidentified assailants soon after she had alighted from her auto. Most unfortunate. Very alarming.

"Gauri's last rites will be held at Chamrajpet Cemetery in the city", her brother Indrajit Lankesh told reporters here Wednesday at the Victoria Hospital, where her post-mortem was being conducted. He said that she is the daughter of late journalist Lankesh. If you have a look on her social media profile, there were regular threats but she didn't mind them and worked honestly without caring about her personal safety.

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Lankesh was convicted in the case previous year by a judicial magistrate first class court in Hubballi and sentenced to six months' jail. "Her assassination must be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice", said the Programmes Director at Amnesty International India, Asmita Basu.

Lankesh, 55, was the editor of the independent Kannada-language magazine "Lankesh Patrike".

A statement from the Brihanmumbai Union of Journalists said: "Gauri Lankesh has been a trenchant and courageous critic of Hindutva and casteist politics. She worked with perfection and candid in her observation". Her death comes two years after leading progressive thinker and researcher M.M. Kalburgi was shot dead in his Dharwad home in 2015.

Lankesh had been granted bail.

Bengaluru police officials said it was not immediately known who carried out the attack and the motive behind it. Police suspected that she was under surveillance of the assailants who must have trailed her closely. "Lost a dead friend, an accomplished journalist and a wonderful human being".

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