Gauri Lankesh’s murder sends shock waves across India


Unknown assailants on Tuesday night gunned down senior journalist Gauri Lankesh just when she was about to enter her house in Bengalore

According to reports, assailants arrived in her house fired several rounds of bullets from point blank range and killed her.

55-year-old Gauri had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said.

She died instantaneously. Four bullets hit the compound wall of her building in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, the officials said.

Gauri edited Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ besides owning some other publications, and was known for her forthright views against hardline Hindutva politics.

Her death sent shock waves across India with journalists and members of civil society reacting with horror to the news of Lankesh’s gruesome murder.

Journalists in Delhi have decided to hold a protest protest meet at the Press Club on Wednesday morning at 11 AM. There was a candle light march in Bangalore on Tuesday night minutes after the news of Lankesh’s murder hit media headlines.

It’s ironic that two years ago when M Kalburgi was murdered in a similar fashion, Lankesh was one of many journalists who had joined other civil society members in a protest march in Bangalore. (See the photo below)

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Here’s how members of media fraternity and civil society members reacted.



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