Sonia, Rahul condemn killing of Gauri Lankesh

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru

An Indian journalist was fatally shot Tuesday by unidentified attackers in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police said.

The 55-year-old editor of Kannada tabloid "Gauri Lankesh Patrike" had parked her auto outside the gate of her residence and was walking to the main entrance when the attackers fired at least seven shots at her. Police said, either the assailants were following her or they were already inside her house.

Gauri Lankesh was the editor of Kannada weekly magazine Lankesh Patrike and she was talking to her assistant Santish about the publishing of the next issue of the magazine.

Speaking to ANI, CPI leader D Raja said, "On behalf of my party, I strongly condemn the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh".

MEANWHILE Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah three police teams have been constituted to probe the killing.

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said, "This is a serious incident and it should be condemned".

Briefing reporters after a meeting with top police officials and state home minister Ramalinga Reddy, chief minister Siddaramaiah said the SIT would be headed by an officer of the inspector general rank. She had recently faced attacks on her views about communalism. Her last rites will take place at the Chamrajpet crematorium later on Wednesday. The neighbour also said they heard the sound of two scooters. Her brother Indrajit has demanded to hand over the case to CBI.

Expressing her deepest condolences to Lankeshs family and friends, the Congress president said she offered her prayers.

Many compared Lankesh's killing with the high-profile murders of anti-superstition campaigners in recent years. We did not have any information about a death treat to her. "This can not be and should not be tolerated", Sonia Gandhi said.Ms Lankesh, who ran a weekly Kannada paper, wrote in support of rehabilitating Naxals and against divisive politics and the need for communal harmony. "I'm very confident that the killers would be caught soon", Lankesh said.

"Anybody who speaks against the ideology of BJP-RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked, even murdered", Rahul Gandhi said.

"She had access. There have been times when I have met CMs of Karnataka through her, and she'd be treated with such respect".

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