BANGALORE: A prominent Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist, activist and anti-establishment voice, critical of Hindu nationalist politics, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru last night by attackers who fired seven times at close range.
The 55-year-old editor, renowned for speaking her mind, had stepped out of her car and opened the gates when the attackers fired at her. Four bullets hit her, one in the forehead. Police suspect the role of hired killers and believe they may have been caught on CCTV when they possibly record the spot.
Gauri Lankesh, was found lying in a pool of blood at her doorstep in the city of Bangalore.
She was shot in the head and chest by gunmen who arrived by motorcycle. The motive for the crime was not clear.
Indian journalists are being increasingly targeted by radical Hindu nationalists, activists say.
In the last few years, journalists seen to be critical of Hindu nationalists have been berated on social media, while many women reporters have been threatened with rape and assault.
Ministers belonging to India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have also openly attacked journalists, using terms like “presstitute” (a mix of press and prostitute) to describe them.