Journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead

Karnataka, noted journalist and activists Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her Rajarajeshwari Nagar’s residence in Bengaluru last night. Gauri Lankesh was the editor of popular Kannada tabloid Lankesh Patrike founded by her father and well-known writer P Lankesh. Gauri Lankesh was also part of a panel formed by State government to help surrender Naxals to reform.

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy informed that unidentified persons shot her from close range at around 8 PM yesterday, when she got down form her car at her residence. He has said three team comprising of senior police officer are formed to investigate the crime.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has expressed shock at the murder and assured that proper probe will be conducted.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore took twitter to denounce the incident. Condemning all acts of violence against journalists, Mr. Rathore said, this is a heinous murder.

AIR correspondent reports that killing of senior journalist known for her out spoken views, is being compared with the murder of rationalist, liberal thinkers, M M Kulburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar in recent years. Several associations of writers and journalists are holding protest in the state today demanding immediate arrest of the perpetrators of crime. Police team appointed to investigate the crime are looking into CCTV footage to identify the suspects.

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