Prominent Journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by three unidentified assailants while she was entering her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar around 8pm on September 5.
According to M.N. Anucheth, DCP (West), her body was found on the verandah of her house. The neighbours said that they heard multiple shots being fired at her after which she collapsed and died on the spot.
Lankesh was the editor of weekly Kannada bulletin- Lankesh Patrike. She is well-known for her critical acclaimed work that often lambasted Hindutva extremism, caste system and the current government. She had come under fire previously for her criticism against Sangh parivar.
The Press club has strongly condemned the murder and thousands of people including prominent journalists like Sagarika Ghose, Rajdeep Sardesai etc have gathered to protest the rise in violence against journalists for speaking their minds.
Several politicians have to social media to express their shock and angst over the killing. BJP State Chief BS Yeddyurappa, terming the murder ‘inhuman’ and ‘barbaric’ tweeted that the law and order situation in the state has completely collapsed.
Investigations are on but the police is yet to check the footage from CCTV installed on her porch. Her funeral will be conducted as per the Lingayat customs.
Lankesh, an agnostic, was a fiesty, independent voice of journalism that has been silenced with bullets.
Image Source: Facebook- Official page of Gauri Lankesh