SIT to probe Gauri Lankesh murder case: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

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Gauri Lankesh, 55, was on Tuesday night shot dead by three unidentified men who fired seven bullets at her as she returned home from her office in the city. "We offer our honest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Lankesh", a statement released by the embassy read.

According to reports from Times of India, T Suneel Kumar, the police commissioner has directed all the DCPs to have check posts erected at all the main roads in the city. She was convicted in a defamation case a year ago against a complaint filed by Dharwad MP Pralhad Joshi and BJP leader Umesh Dushi for a report about them which she published in her Kannada tabloid "Gauri Lankesh Patrike".

Gauri lankesh was gunned down by bike-borne assailants at her residence in the Ideal Homes Layout in Rajarajeshwari Nagar locality in Bengaluru.

The location was an advantage for the assailants as the road was poorly lit and has many cross roads. She was returning home. The Central Intelligence Bureau (CBI), when they took over the case of Kalburgi murder, had themselves said: "murders are similar in nature". Reports said Lankesh died on spot and was lying in a pool of blood. "Her murder is an attempt to silence the voice of dissent".

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Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi launched a tirade against the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) over the killing of Lankesh, saying that the people, who raise a voice against the ideology of the latter duo, are suppressed and even killed.

Gauri ran a weekly Kannada tabloid - Gauri Lankesh Patrike and was a known critic of rightwing forces.

"Union Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda is in agreement with the Karnataka government to hand over the case to CBI", he asserted. In November 2016, she had been found guilty of defamation in a case involving BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and had been sentenced to six months in jail.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, Congress leader and member of Parliament M Veerappa Moily were present at the venue and paid their respects to the journalist.

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The Committee to Protect Journalists has said that there have been no convictions in any of the 27 cases of journalists murdered in India due to their work since 1992.

Karnataka Chief Minister Minister Siddaramaiah, the state's highest elected official, called the death "shocking" and said three police teams were investigating.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was sacked upon Tuesday evening outside her residence in Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka.

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