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Senior Karnataka journalist Gauri Lankesh

Senior Karnataka journalist Gauri Lankesh murdered at home

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Dharwad BJP MP Prahallad Joshi and BJP leader Umesh Dhushi had filed individual defamation cases against Lankesh in objection to a report on BJP leaders she had published in her periodical on January 23, 2008…

Sanjeev kumar

By Sanjeev Kumar

New Delhi: Senior Karnataka journalist Gauri Lankesh, a gutsy and outspoken editor, was murdered on Tuesday evening at her Ideal Home Layout residence in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar.

According to reports, at around 8 pm, unidentified men shot at Gauri and wounded her fatally before escaping from the scene.

Police said that Gauri was getting out of her car to open the gate of her house, when assailants shot her. The shots penetrated her chest and she was killed on the spot, reports said. 

“We got the information just now. She was returning home. Her home is in Ideal Home Layout in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. She got down from her car and she was opening the gate when she was shot. The details are sketchy, and we are yet to know who has done it,” DGP RK Dutta said.

Senior Karnataka journalist Gauri Lankesh

File Photo: Senior Karnataka journalist Gauri Lankesh

Gauri was the daughter of writer, translator and journalist P Lankesh. She was a veteran editor and columnist in both Kannada and English, and was a vocal critic of the right wing. 

The manner in which Gauri was killed was eerily similar to the way in which rationalist MM Kalburgi was killed two years ago.

The former Vice Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi, known for his outspoken criticism of the right wing, had also been shot at his residence.

Last year, she was convicted of criminal defamation in two cases by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Court in Hubballi on Monday.

Dharwad BJP MP Prahallad Joshi and BJP leader Umesh Dhushi had filed individual defamation cases against Lankesh in objection to a report on BJP leaders she had published in her periodical on January 23, 2008.

In an interview to Narada News in December 2016, she had said, “As a citizen of India, I oppose the BJP’s fascist and communal politics. I oppose its misinterpretation of ‘Hindu Dharma’ ideals. I oppose the caste system of the ‘Hindu Dharma’, which is unfair, unjust and gender-biased.”

“My Constitution teaches me to be a secular citizen, not communal. It is my right to fight against these communal elements,” she said.

This is a breaking story. Further details are awaited.