In a shocking development, Gauri Lankesh, a well-known journalist from Karnataka, has been shot dead in Bengaluru. Kannada news channels are claiming that she was killed at her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
Seven bullets were fired at Gauri Lankesh by unindentified miscreants and she was hit in the forehead and chest regions, say TV reports.
Gauri Lankesh was entering her house after parking her car. She was opening the door when the unidenfied men sprayed bullets. She collapsed and died on spot, reports News 9.
She is the second scholar-rationalist to be assassinated in Karnataka in less than two years after former vice-chancellor of Hampi University M M Kalburgi.
Gauri Lankesh was the daughter of eminent Kannada journalist P Lankesh. She was the editor of 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike.
She was bold and fearless journalist, who was critical of the RSS and BJP. She was a staunch advocate of secularism and a naxal sympathiser.
Meanwhile, her body has been shifted to Victoria Hospital and the post-mortem will be conducted on Wednesday, 6 September.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that he is shocked to hear the news and condemned the death. "It is a cowardly and disgusting act. I have directed the police to nab the killers at the earliest. She was a renowned journalists, who fought against injustice," he told media.
He also clarified that Gauri Lankesh never asked for security although she met him several times.