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Gauri Lankesh, the senior journalist shot dead in Bengaluru

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Published: 04:34 GMT, Sep 6, 2017 |
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Gauri Lankesh

Senior journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at the entrance of her home in Bengaluru West on Tuesday evening. Four bullets were pumped into the editor of the Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike at her doorstep after she had stepped out of her car and opened the gates to her home which lay in darkness at around 8 pm.

Neighbours came out of a flat opposite the home where the journalist lived alone on what they thought were sounds of firecrackers and found Gauri lying in a pool of blood on her porch barely a metre away from the locked verandah to her home. “Normally, she works late hours because she is a journalist. Today she seemed to have returned home earlier than usual,’’ a neighbour said.

 The Rohingya refugee crisis, posts slamming demonetisation, a YouTube link on “explaining gay rights to Indian parents”, and another mocking the BJP-led government at the Centre — these were among the tweets and Facebook posts shared by Gauri Lankeshin the last 24 hours.

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