Gauri Lankesh murder: Collateral damage in Karnataka's heated political climate?

Bengaluru Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead At Her Home By Unidentified Assailants

Two bullets hit her on the chest and forehead, police officials said adding she succumbed instantaneously. "We are taking the movements of people and vehicles at check posts and inter-state borders", Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) M.N. Anucheth told IANS here. In November 2016, she had been found guilty of defamation in a case involving Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Prahlad Joshi and had been sentenced to six months in jail. She ran the weekly "Gauri Lankest Patrike", a tabloid and faced opposition and criticism of her journalism.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also condemned the killing of Gauri Lankesh and said it was a chilling reminder that "intolerance and bigotry is raising its ugly head in our society".

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said three special investigation teams of police officers would investigate the murder and that he would initiate another investigation if necessary.

"Numbed by news of Gauri Lankesh's murder. Condolences to the family", Irani said in a tweet.

Karnataka Chief Minister also voiced his shock and disgust at the murder of the editor.

At the National Convention of Human Rights Defenders in March this year in New Delhi, she said, "Karnataka's trajectory from a progressive, secular state to a communal state has been very interesting and crippling one". We forced her to put some CCTV cameras in her house considering the theft incident at her home a while ago. "I have known her for around three decades and we collaborated on several issues like communalism".

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"(After realising Gauri had been shot) a neighbour called the police", said Reddy, who visited the spot.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Gauri's brother Indrajit Lankesh has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into her death.

Police sources said it was possible that Gauri had been followed from her office in Gandhi Nagar in the heart of the city to her home, around 12km away.

He also said that two people were found to have written something against Gauri Lankesh on the social media site Facebook.

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Lankesh, 55, was the editor of the independent Kannada-language magazine "Lankesh Patrike". "Anybody who speaks against the RSS/BJP is attacked & even killed". They can kill her but her thoughts will remain in our minds and her thoughts cannot be killed.

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