Srinagar: Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, a well-known critic of Hindutva forces, was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening. Four people entered her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar and shot her, after which she collapsed on the spot.
According to reports, at around 8pm, unidentified men shot at Gauri and wounded her fatally before escaping from the scene. Initial reports say more than five shots were fired.
Police said that Gauri was getting out of her car to open the gate of her house, when the assailants shot her. The shots penetrated her chest and she was killed on the spot, reports said. “We got the information just now. She was returning home. Her home is in Ideal Home Layout in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. She got down from her car and she was opening the gate when she was shot. The details are sketchy, and we are yet to know who has done it,” DGP RK Dutta said.
Gauri was the daughter of writer, translator and journalist P Lankesh.
Lankesh’s brother Indrajit told India Today that the case should be handed over to CBI as she had several defamation cases against her. On November 28, 2016, Gauri Lankesh was held guilty of defamation by a judicial magistrate in Hubbali, Karnataka. Lankesh edited the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a magazine that she started in 2005. In 2008, she ran a piece that Prahlad Joshi, a BJP MP from Dharwad, and Umesh Dushi, also of the BJP, had duped a jeweller of Rs 1 lakh. The BJP leaders filed a case of criminal defamation against her. While Lankesh was given a six-month sentence and fined by the court, she also received bail the same day.
In an interview published on Nov 30, 2016, on newslaundry.com, Lankesh said she was “alarmed” at the tweets she saw on Twitter against her. “The tweets showed the rabid hate the Hindutva brigade and Modi Bhakts have for its critics and naysayers,” she said.