Bengaluru : Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and activist, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru last night. The 55-year-old editor had stepped out of her car and opened the gates when the attackers fired at her seven times. Four bullets hit her, one in her forehead.
Gauri Lankesh was found lying on her porch by neighbours, who had first mistaken the gunshots for firecrackers. It was around 8 pm and many of them were having dinner when the shots rang out. “A total of seven bullets were fired out of which four missed the target and hit the wall of the house. Three bullets had hit her, two in her chest and one in her forehead,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel kumar said. The police are examining CCTV footage and have found four catrigdes.
The attackers either followed Gauri Lankesh on her way home from work or were hiding nearby, waiting for her to return. The journalist had been living alone.
Many have drawn similarities between this killing and the 2015 murder of renowned scholar MM Kalburgi , who was shot dead by two bikers at his doorstep in Dharward, around 400 km from Bengaluru.