Gauri Lankesh a senior journalist, writer, and activist was shot dead on Tuesday evening outside her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Southwest Bengaluru. A Police said that 55-year-old journalist returning to her home after work was gunned down by three men on two-wheeler around 7.45pm to 8 pm in front of her home on Loop road, II Cross, Ideal Homes, RR Nagar. As per the reports, her body was found on the porch of her residence in Bengaluru.
Gauri Lankesh was a trenchant opponent of right-wing politics, worked as editor of Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ that she had started in 2005. Yesterday in the evening she parked her white Etios car outside the gate of her residence and walked to the main door where three men opened five rounds of fire. According to the reports, she was shot from 10-foot distance. She had worked with various publications including Sunday magazine and uharda Vedike. She was known for her secularist criticism of Hindu nationalists and Right-wing also was in forefront efforts to bring Naxals into the mainstream with Hindutva forces.
According to the IANS Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said “A total of seven bullets were fired out of which four missed the target and hit the wall of the house. Three bullets had hit her two in her chest area and one in the forehead,”. According to her family, she was living alone in the house. After her death, a spontaneous protest were staged at midnight including Delhi, Bengaluru, and six other cities.
Shocked to learn abt murder of tall progressive force & senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Such cold blooded acts deserve highest condemnation
— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) September 5, 2017
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) September 6, 2017