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On Tuesday evening, as soon as veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh entered her home in Rajarajeswari Nagar area in Bengaluru, seven bullets were fired at her.

Reportedly, Lankesh's body has been shifted to Victoria hospital for post-mortem and the cremation will take place on Wednesday.

The party also called for protesting the "heinous" murder and the alleged growing intolerance and hatred in the country. She edited Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She was known for her secularist criticism of Hindu nationalists and Right-wing also was in forefront efforts to bring Naxals into the mainstream with Hindutva forces.

She was apparently writing a story on corruption cases in the Siddaramaiah led Congress government in Karnataka.

In November 2016, she was sentenced to six months in jail after a defamation case was filed against her for a report against BJP leaders. She was a strong advocate for freedom of the press and was concerned about how people came under the radar for their ideological leanings.

The killing is a new low in India's track record in recent years of protecting journalists. However, earlier we have seen so many murders over the Freedom Of Press.

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India has a poor track record of prosecuting journalists' killings. "My question is was it only to settle scores with her or was it a message to the entire media?". While her lawyer said BT Venkatesh said, "This shows dissent will not be tolerated".

In January 2017, the Bombay High Court criticized the Central Bureau of Investigation for its slow progress in investigating the killings of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, activists who were killed in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Many politicians also condemned the murder and spoke about it.

Siddaramaiah said that he instructed Police that activists propagating progressive thoughts should be given Police protection. "The RSS and BJP ideology is trying to suppress the truth but this can not happen in India", Gandhi said.

Karnataka, where Lankesh was based, is ruled by the opposition Congress Party, but is headed for local elections next year.

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