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Senior B'luru journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead

Bengaluru: Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and activist in Bengaluru, has been shot dead at her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar.

"We learnt that the victim was shot dead from close range when she was standing at her house in Rajarajeswari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8.00 p.m.," a senior police officer said.
Reports suggest unidentified men shot at 55-year-old Lankesh seven times from close range and three bullets hit her on the neck and chest. She collapsed at the door of her house in West Bengaluru.
She ran the weekly Gauri 'Lankesh Patrike,' a Kannada tabloid, and was seen as a fearless, independent and outspoken journalist. She had been under attack from people with ideological differences.
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," said Siddaramaiah on Tuesday evening.
In November 2016, she was sentenced to six months in jail after a defamation case was filed against her for a report against BJP leaders.
The shooting has caused outrage on Twitter. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted: "Shocked to hear that the brave Journalist-Activist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead in Bengaluru. Culprits should be nabbed at the earliest."
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted:
"Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Most unfortunate. Very alarming. We want justice."
Lankesh is survived by her mother, her sister Kavitha Lankesh, a filmmaker and her brother Indrajit who also makes films and runs Lankesh Patrike.

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