Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

07 September 2017

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found lying in a pool of blood on her doorstep in the city of Bangalore. She was shot in the head and chest by gunmen who arrived by motorcycle. The motive for the crime was not clear.

The most high profile Indian journalist murdered in recent years, Ms Lankesh was buried with full state honours.

Her death has been widely condemned across India. Protests have been held in several cities including Bangalore, Mumbai and the capital, Delhi. More protests are planned for later today and over the coming days.

Karnataka state’s Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was one of the first to respond to her death, calling it an "assassination on democracy". He was among those who attended the funeral.

Noted writer K Marulasiddappa told the BBC: "The attack on the select writers is obviously happening because they are able to mould public opinion… There is a pattern in the way assailants come on motorbikes, kill, and vanish. There cannot be any personal reasons attributed to her death because she had no personal enemies. So, the possibility is only political".

Gauri Lankesh edited a weekly newspaper and was known as a fearless and outspoken journalist. She was known for her secularist criticism of right-wing and Hindu nationalists, including members of the India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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