Bollywood Celebrities Condemn Murder Of Gauri Lankesh...Here's What They Said

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru

She had parked her auto outside her gate and was walking to the main entrance of her home when the attackers fired at least seven rounds, killing her, police said.

Last night, as news broke of the cold-blooded murder of Bengaluru journalist Gauri Lankesh, a chill ran down many spines.

She was Editor of popular Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found lying in a pool of blood on her doorstep in the city of Bangalore.

Asked if the investigation could be handed over to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, Siddaramaiah said: "Have left it to the Director General of Police (R.K. Dutta) who will speak to the state Home Minister (Ramalinga Reddy) and decide". Over two years later, there has been little progress in the investigation.

The Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the Karnataka government on the killing of the senior Kannada journalist.

Earlier in the day, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had hinted at the saffron party's involvement in her killing.

"She was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m.as she was entering the house", Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar had told reporters here on Tuesday.

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Several students who stood in long queues to get a glimpse of Gauri came armed with placards.

Tulsidas Bhoite, Editor of Jai Maharashtra said, "The culprit responsible for murdering Gauri Lankesh will be caught after investigation".

It also demanded that the state government must ensure the culprits are subjected to maximum punishment, be they foot-soldiers or the masterminds.

"The US Mission in India joins advocates of press freedom in India and worldwide in condemning the murder of respected journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru". Taking to twitter, she said, 'Condemn killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh.

On Wednesday, the Indian Writer's Forum called Lankesh's murder "a chilling continuation" of the killings of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi and pledged to continue Lankesh's fight against the "haters of free speech".

The U.S. embassy in New Delhi also condemned the killing.

The most high profile Indian journalist murdered in recent years, Ms Lankesh was buried with full state honours, BBC reported. "Her assassination must be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice". "The police must investigate whether she was killed because of her journalism".

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