Senior Indian journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday in the southern city of Bengaluru by unidentified assailants, police said. "We offer our honest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Lankesh". Moreover, In a total of around seven bullets, four bullets missed the target and remaining three bullets two in Chest area and one in Forehead part had hit her.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that three police teams are probing Lankesh's murder. Sources say footage extracted from two CCTVs at her home may have captured the attackers.Police suspect one identity in CCTV visuals and the suspect seen wearing helmet and black clothes, two others on bikes who were not captured in camera clearly.
The location was an advantage for the assailants as the road was poorly lit and has many cross roads. The murder took place yesterday evening at around 7.45 pm while she returned to her home where she was staying alone.
"Similar weapons used in Kalburgi, Pansare & Dabholkar killings, in this case, we don't know yet so can't draw link", he said. Her body was taken to Victoria Hospital for a post-mortem.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who has called the murder an "assassination on democracy", was among politicians, activists, journalists and other citizens who paid homage to Ms Lankesh at the Kalakshetra, where her body was kept for a few hours this afternoon.
"Union Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda is in agreement with the Karnataka government to hand over the case to CBI", he asserted. Lankesh was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid described as an "anti-establishment" publication.
Lankesh was known to be a fierce critic of Hindu nationalist organisations in her state and was convicted of defamation a year ago for a piece that accused members of the Bharatiya Janata party of theft. "The police must investigate whether she was killed because of her journalism", Asmita Basu, programmes director at Amnesty International India, said.
"I spoke to the Karnataka Chief Minister and mentioned that people who did this must be caught and punished", he mentioned.
"Participated in a candle vigil from #Kolkata Press Club till Gandhi statue to condemn the murder of journalist GauriLankesh", Banerjee tweeted.