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Gauri Lankesh Murder: Tragic death of a courageous soul

It remains a mystery whether Lankesh was killed for her ideological views or something else as she was exposing corrupt industrialists and politicians in Karnataka.

Gauri Lankesh Gauri Lankesh Murder: Tragic death of a courageous soul Source : Press

It came as a shocker on September 5 when senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru by an anonymous assailant. Gauri faced three bullets from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar around 8 pm on Tuesday. She was well-known for her direct approach and left leaning views. It remains a mystery whether Lankesh was killed for her ideological views or something else as she was exposing corrupt industrialists and politicians in Karnataka.

Police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said that they have recovered CCTV footages from two cameras which were installed outside her house. A leading daily quoted him saying as, "Footage from the CCTV cameras are not very clear. But it shows a man wearing a black helmet following Gauri after she gets down from her car and entering the compound and opening fire at her. We are collecting footage from all the CCTV cameras along the stretch between Basavana gudi, from where Gowri left, and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, before she was shot dead."

It was also reported that Gauri revealed to her sister Kavitha when she visited their mother, Indira, that some people are lurking near her house. Her mother and her sister advised her to complain in Police but she did not pay any attention and said that if she notices something fishy she will approach the Police. 

Meanwhile, Gauri Lankesh's murder has attracted a large section of the social media demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reaction to the whole matter. But the PM is on an abroad visit and several union ministers have condemned the tragic incident. Most of the Union ministers have demanded the Karnataka Congress government to solve the murder case as fast as possible.