Gauri Lankesh who targeted Hindutva politics shot dead in Bangaluru

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Bengaluru: Citizens with posters and placards during a protest against the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by motorcycle-borne assailants outside her residence last night, during a protest in Bengaluru on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak (PTI9_6_2017_000034A)

The bloody history of Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabhokar, the thinkers and writers who were killed for their views was repeated when a senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in Bangaluru just when she was entering her house on September 5 at about 8.30 pm. Three unidentified assailants fired at her from point blank range and fled the scene. The brutal killing set off an outcry by media persons and social activists who demanded the  arrest of the culprits without any loss of time. She was  the owner and publisher of a Kannada weekly Gauri Lankesh Patrika which  was popular  among the  progressive and secular readers. She was also known for her vitriolic posts on Facebook. Usually she targeted Hindutva politics and the  communal policies of the BJP. She took up the mantle of journalism from her father P Lankesh.

Besides being a journalist, she was a known social activist and took up causes of Dalits  and downtrodden. She also contributed the social cause of bringing Naxals to mainstream. The Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah expressed his shock and grief and assured the culprits would be soon arrested. He said top police brass has been involved and three teams have been formed to hunt the criminals. Last year, she supported the  government decision to organize Tipu Sultan celebrations which were diametrically opposed by the  BJP. On  that occasion, the BJP  activists had burnt her effigy.  She also was in favour of the Lingayat community’s demand to recognize it as a separate  religious group.

The police  intimated the Chief Minister that she  never complained to them about any threat to her life.

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