Journalist Gouri Lankesh Murder live updates

Gauri Lankesh

Hundreds lined up at Bengaluru's Ravindra Kalakshetra cultural centre to pay their respects to senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, who was buried this evening with full state honours at a cemetery in Chamarajpet.

Asked about the parallels between the murder of rationalist writer M M Kalburgi and the killing of Gauri Lankesh, Siddaramaiah said while the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalaburgi were committed with crude pistols, the weapon used in the Gauri Lankesh murder was foreign-made.

The identity and motivations of her killers were not known, police said.

India has seen a string of killings in recent years targeting independent journalists and critics of religious superstition, stoking worries about the rise of extremism and intolerance in the secular South Asian democracy.

"Two persons had written something against Gauri on Facebook and the police is investigating it", the Chief Minister said.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today trained guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the killing of senior journalist-activist Gauri lankesh outside her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Various protests have been planned condemning her murder across the country.

"Anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP-RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed, ' Rahul said".

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We hope the criminals who killed Gauri Lankesh will be brought to justice soon.

Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by three unidentified men who fired seven bullets at her when she returned home from her office in the city.

Gauri's family members have said that she was receiving death threats for a long time and it was due to their insistence that CCTV cameras were installed at her residence.

She was the editor of popular Kannada tabloid "Gauri Lankesh Patrike".

According to the police, three bullets hit her in the head, neck, and chest and four struck the front wall of the house.

"Union Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda is in agreement with the Karnataka government to hand over the case to CBI", he asserted. The Editors Guild of India "strongly condemned" the murder of Lankesh and called for a judicial probe into the incident. He also said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) is going to be constituted to probe into the murder case.

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