- Top police officers rushed to Gauri Lankesh’s home after she was shot
- Reports suggest unidentified men shot her seven times from close range
- She ran the weekly ‘ Gauri Lankesh Patrike,’ a Kannada sensational storiesGAURI LANKESH, a senior journalist and activist in Bengaluru, was shot dead outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on Tuesday evening. Police said her body was found on the porch of her home in West Bengaluru. Ms Lankesh had just reached home and was about to enter when unidentified men shot at the 55-year-old journalist from close range; three bullets hit her, one on the forehead, reported news agency IANS.”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 – With two hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said, according to IANS.police officials said. She died right awayFour Bullets hit the compound wall of her building in rajarajeshwari Nagar, the officials said.“we discover that the victim was shot dead from close range when she was standing at the gate of her house in rajarajeshwari Nagar(Residential area) around 8:30.,”
Police have recovered four cartridges from the spot. Her body was taken to Victoria Hospital for a post-mortem.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said three police teams have been formed to investigate the murder of Gauri Lankesh and that the culprits must be caught. “I have spoken to the police commissioner and the Director General of Police” said Mr Siddaramaiah on Tuesday evening.
Gauri was the elder daughter of P Lankesh – a man who brought in a new brand of Kannada journalism. Born In 1962, She followed in his footsteps, speaking her mind and running her own Kannada paper with views that were never careful or circumspect. She was part of a group that worked for communal harmony. Her views were considered Leftist and anti-Hindutva.
She ran the weekly ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike,’ a Kannada tabloid. Like her father, who was a noted Kannada writer, Gauri Lankesh faced opposition and criticism of her journalism. In November 2016, she had been found guilty of defamation in a case involving BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and had been sentenced to six months in jail. She was out on bail.
Karnataka police chief R K dutta said Gauri had not voiced alarm about any threat to her life during a couple of meetings he had with her.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said “truth cannot be silenced” and demanded that the culprints be tracked down and punished.
Her sibilngs – Kavitha and Indrajit Lankesh are film and theatre personalities.