Veteran woman journalist Shot dead in Bengaluru

Veteran woman journalist Shot dead in Bengaluru

Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist from Bengaluru was allegedly shot dead at her Bengaluru residence on Tuesday evening.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also took to Twitter and said, "The cold-blooded murder of Gauri Lankesh is reprehensible".

There is a huge buzz on the social media over the Journalist Gauri Lankesh Murder.

Baseless allegation we have nothing to with Gauri Lankesh's murder, onus to maintain law & order is on state government, that is Cong.

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"One mob has been created which can kill people alone or in presence of thousands of people", he said, adding that these mob members are not afraid of killing anyone.

Condemning the murder of the journalist, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said it was an attempt to stifle reason and to silence those holding contrarian views.

"Sometimes the PM speaks under pressure but the entire idea is to crush dissent and this is resulting in a very serious problem in India", he said in a series of tweet.

On August 30, 2015, MM Kalburgi, a prominent scholar and critic of religious superstition and hardline Hindu groups, was shot dead outside his home in Dharwad, Karnataka by unidentified assailants.

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According to M.N. Anucheth, DCP (West), Gauri's body has been found on the verendah of her residence. Lankesh died on the spot.

Lankesh was the editor of Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike, who used to write against Sangh organizations and the communal violence in the country. "The Editors Guild of India demands that the Karnataka Government acts with alacrity to bring the culprits to justice apart from instituting a judicial probe into the killing", a statement issued by Editors Guild of India said. Unknown assailants reportedly fired as many as seven bullets at her, and she was hit at forehead and chest regions.

Lankesh's death has sparked widespread condemnation across India. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that three special investigation team would look after this murder case. Time and again, she would protest what he felt were divisive moves of the right wing, she had, among her supporters, the venerated actor Girish Karnad.

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