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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2345

Senior Indian Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot And Killed

West Bengaluru, 06 September, (Asiantribune.com):

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru.

NDTV reports that unidentified men shot at her seven times from close range and that three bullets hit her on the neck and chest, following which she collapsed at the entrance of her house at close to 8 p.m. yesterday evening.

"There has been a shootout at Gauri Lankesh's house this evening; she is no more.

Her body was found in her veranda," said M.N. Anucheth, DCP, West Bengaluru.

Police say the assailants pumped bullets into Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday as she left her car after reaching her home in Bengaluru, the Karnataka state capital. The attackers fled the scene.

Top police officer R.K. Dutta said it was too early to say who killed her. He said he had met Lankesh recently, but she did not talk of any threat to her life.

According to the Hindustan Times, Lankesh, the editor of weekly tabloid Lankesh Patrike, was known to be a critic of right-wing groups and Sangh organisations. She often criticised communal violence, HT reported.

She was recently found responsible in a defamation case by a lawmaker of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for her writing about Hindu nationalists.

- Asian Tribune -

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