Senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh and also the editor of Lankesh Patrike was shot dead on Tuesday at her home in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari nagar. She was shot by three assailants outside her residence in Bengaluru at around 8pm.
Gauri Lankesh was the activist, fearless Journalist and the Editor of ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’, a weekly kannada tabloid without any advertisement and run by group of 50 people. She had often raised her voice against the caste system, communal politics and famous for her fearless and outstanding attitude. She was the daughter of P Lankesh, a famous poet turned journalist. After the incident police came and said “The shots were fired from a very close range inside the compound of the house and we are investagating the case.”
Lankesh was convicted of criminal defamation in November 2016 for an article which she had published in 2008. And BJP MP Prahlad Joshi & Umesh Dhusi had raised the objections on that article, which resulted in a six-month sentence & fine for Gauri Lankesh. But She had received the bail on same day. Recently in her social media post, she had flagged the issue of fake news and the propaganda.
When the news of Gauri Lankesh’s murder broke, the fellow journalists,friends and activists took Twitter to express their anger and shock.
They say the pen is mightier than the sword.
Unfortunately, today, the gun is mightier than the pen.
May voices never die.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) September 5, 2017
As a friend, colleague & admirer for decades shocked & shattered to hear of the murder of Gauri Lankesh,one of India’s gutsiest journalists
— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) September 5, 2017
Shocking and blood curdling to hear about the murder of Gauri Lankesh. These monstrous criminals must be nailed n dealt with sternly
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) September 5, 2017
— rahul verma (@rahulverma08) September 5, 2017
Numbed by news of Gauri Lankesh’s murder. She was gutsy, level-headed, defiant—everything we need in a journalist in these troubled times.
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) September 5, 2017
The cold-blooded murder of Gauri #Lankesh is an assault on all our fundamentals, please remember. Somber moment, but don’t ignore the alert
— Sankarshan Thakur (@SankarshanT) September 5, 2017
Killing of #GauriLankesh is not only tragic but terribly scary as well. Mere dissent or disagreement as a brave journalist cost her life.
— S lrfan Habib (@irfhabib) September 5, 2017
A number of people observed the connection between the murders of Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar, MM Kalburgi, and Gauri Lankesh.
Another liberal, rational voice snuffed out by “unidentified assailants”. Gauri Lankesh RIP. Dabholkar, Kalburgi, Pansare. Who killed them?
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) September 5, 2017
Pansare, Kalburgi and now Gauri Lankesh!
Same pattern: shot by masked men
Same motive: Silence voices of dissent?
Same forces? https://t.co/CYrOMeuTgX
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) September 5, 2017
Shocked to learn abt murder of tall progressive force & senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Such cold blooded acts deserve highest condemnation
— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) September 5, 2017