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Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru

Last year she was convicted of defamation for an article against a state BJP MP

Raghu Krishnan  |  Bengaluru 

Gauri Lankesh
Photo: Gauri Lankesh's Twitter account

Gauri Lankesh, a journalist and activist was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified gunmen outside her home in She was the editor of Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly tabloid that projected itself as an anti-establishment publication.

"Shocked to learn about murder of tall progressive force & senior journalist Such cold blooded acts deserve highest condemnation," tweeted Karnataka Chief Minister "I have spoken with the DGP, and instructed him to ensure prompt and thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice."

An outspoken journalist, Lankesh was convicted of defamation and was sentenced to six months in jail by a lower court in Dharwad after she carried an article against MP from Dharwad However, the court also granted her bail and allowed her to appeal to a higher court.

She had ideological differences with the BJP, often questioning its activities in the state. Gauri was also in the forefront in taking on right wing activism.

In 2015, M M Kallburgi, a former vice chancellor of Kannada University, who was against right wing activism was shot dead similarly outside his residence in Dharwad.
 
Gauri Lankesh
Police inspect the spot where journalist was shot dead by miscreant at her residence in (Photo: PTI)
Gauri was daughter of firebrand journalist P Lankesh, whose writings in his tabloid Lankesh Patrike had rocked the state in the 1980's. Her brother Indrajit Lankesh continues the publication, after the duo split. Gauri branched to start her own publication, while her sister Kavita Lankesh is a film maker.

First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 01:18 IST
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