Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead At Her Residence: Death Of Democracy And Not A Journalist

Sonali Gupta

Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist was shot dead at her residence on Tuesday evening. She was well known for her criticism of Hindu extremism and writer of Lankesh Patrike wherein she wrote mostly about Sangh organizations and communal violence in the country. She was a fierce activist, an outspoken critic of Hindutva politics, pro-Naxal and leftist views.

Lankesh aged 55, had returned home in the car and was opening the gate when two unsuspected men fired total of 7 bullets! Two bullets hit her in the chest and one in the head. The police official said that other four bullets hit the boundary wall of her building in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru.

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Gauri has faced trouble in past for raising her voice against communal violence. She was also accused of writing against BJP leaders- MP Pralhad Joshi and Umesh Dushi in November 2016. Further, she was held guilty and was sentenced to prison for six months and penalty of Rs.10,000.

“This is not the death of a journalist, but the death of democracy and constitutional values,” said KL Ashok of the Karnataka-based Komu Souharda Vedike who worked closely with Gauri.

Gauri always felt that people who question the ruling are consistently targeted as she was also concerned about freedom of expressions in India.

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said: “It will not be appropriate for me to make any comments as to who is behind the incident. It could be for personal reasons or for ideological reasons.”

This is a great loss to the country! Gauri Lankesh will always stay in the heart of people.

The police officials are looking into the matter and further information is awaited.

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