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Senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead In Front Of Her Bengaluru Residence

September 6, 2017 | By

Bengaluru: As per the media reports a staunch opponent of pro-hindutva politics and senior scribe Gauri Lankesh was here on Tuesday evening shot dead at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar.

The Police sources purportedly said that Ms. Lankesh collapsed after she was shot at by three assailants as she was entering her house at around 8 p.m.

Gauri Lankesh.

Her body was found on the verandah of her house in R.R. Nagar police station limits. Police have cordoned the area, said DCP (West) M.N. Anucheth.

A neighbor who heard the gunshots said that there were multiple firings. Another resident of the area, who did not wish to be named, said that she was shot at as she got down from her car and opened the gate, adding that he immediately called the ambulance, reads the quote from a report published in an English vernacular.

Quoting the eyewitness account in his statement Karnataka state home minister  Ramalinga Reddy while interacting with the media said that there were four gunshots and that there were three shooters who came in a vehicle. Ms. Lankesh was “shot at close range” and she “died on the spot”, he said, adding that all shots were to the front.

Furthermore, he said that Ms. Gauri Lankesh had called him last Saturday – before he was appointed the State’s Home Minister, saying she wanted to meet him. He had asked her to meet him on Monday but she had not come.

Three police teams JT Com (Crime), ACP (Kengeri gate), ACP (Chikpete) are on the case. “Four empty cartridges were found. Residents say they heard the sound of a scooter. But no eye witnesses to the incident itself,” Suneel Kumar, Commissioner reportedly said adding that there were no conclusive leads as of now. “We are looking at all angles,” he adds.

There are two CCTV cameras in the house, including at the porch itself but Police are yet to see CCTV footage, notes The Hindu.

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