Gauri Lankesh murder: It's a wound to freedom of opinion, says Hassan

Killing of a journalist in India provokes outrage and anguish across country

"Lankesh had plenty of both", said Shekhar Gupta, an Indian journalist and political commentator. "We offer our honest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Lankesh", the US Embassy in New Delhi said in a statement here.

Popular celebrities such as Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza have condemned the killing of senior journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, calling it an attack on the independent press. She was shot dead from a close range by three men just outside her house in Bengaluru on the night of September 5.

■ Protests erupted across Bengaluru on Wednesday condemning the cold blooded murder of Gauri Lankesh.

Karnataka state's chief minister Siddaramaiah condemned the killing and promised a thorough investigation into the death of Lankesh, who he described on Twitter as a "progressive force".

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The Congress government in Karnataka has promised an urgent and thorough investigation.

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The assassins of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi have not yet been brought to book.

"She was a rationalist and we do not want to go against her ideologies", he had said. Police, who arrived shortly thereafter, said there were four empty cartridges by her body, leading them to suspect that four rounds of were fired at her.

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Apart from the Mumbai Press Club, TV Journalists Association, Photographers Association and Network of Women in Media will join the protests, Jore said.

Gauri, who was known for her strident anti-establishment views and writings against Hindu fundamentalists, was never afraid of speaking truth to power, the rights body said. My condolences & love to her family. There is a huge protest against the murder of the Journalist and people are full of emotion and anger.

Talking to Kalinga TV, senior journalist Prafulla Das said, "Gauri Lankesh has been killed for raising genuine voice in the larger interest of the society".

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said three police teams have been formed to investigate the murder of Gauri Lankesh and that the culprits must be caught. She ran the weekly "Gauri Lankest Patrike", a tabloid and faced opposition and criticism of her journalism. Some renowned personalities and some commoners as well have expressed suspicion that Gauri's death was anticipated by many.

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