Senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead at her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru.
The noted critic of the right wing forces collapsed and succumbed to injuries after she was fired by unknown miscreants.
The death has been confirmed by the Bengaluru Police Commissioner and the kin of the deceased have demanded a CBI probe into the case.
Lankesh, who was an activist, was running a weekly tabloid magazine named Gauri Lankesh Patrike (GLP).
In last November, Lankesh was convicted by a court of defaming two BJP leaders for articles published in her periodical in 2008. She was sentenced to six months in jail and asked to pay Rs. 10,000 penalty. Lankesh had been granted bail.
In the story alleged that three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers claimed had duped a jeweller of Rs 1 lakh. The incident, Lankesh says, was published in many local dailies, but her tabloid was the only one to name those involved
The defamation case against her was filed by by BJP MP Pralhad Joshi and BJP office bearer Umesh Doshi for publishing an alleged defamatory report against BJP leaders.
Her body was found on the verandah of her house around 8pm, said police. A large number of people gathered outside her house as news of her murder spread. Protests over her murder started at the Corporation Circle in the heart of Bengaluru reports Hindustan Times
In an interview published in Newlaundry she explained why is she is called a Maoist sympathiser and Hindu hater. “Unfortunately, today anybody talking in support of human rights and against fake encounters is branded a Maoist supporter. Along with that, my criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system, which is part and parcel of what is considered ‘Hindu dharma’, makes my critics brand me as a ‘Hindu hater’. But I consider it my constitutional duty to continue - in my own little way - the struggle of Basavanna and Dr Ambedkar towards establishing an egalitarian society”
She in that interview said Modi bhakts are welcominig the killing of M M Kulburgi and celebrating the death of U R Anathamurthy for opposing their ideology and their supreme leader Narendra Modi. And she added that the same Hindutva forces are keen to silence her