Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday condemned the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh at her Bengaluru home and demanded a speedy investigation.
“Condemn killing of… Gauri Lankesh. Hope speedy investigation is conducted and justice delivered. Condolences to the family,” Irani said in a tweet.
Condemn killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Hope speedy investigation is conducted & justice delivered. Condolences to the family.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) September 6, 2017
Lankesh, 55, editor of a Kannada tabloid, was shot dead by three unidentified men who fired seven bullets at her after she returned home from her office.
Karnataka Police has launched a probe in to her killing. “The three special teams set up to crack the case are on the lookout for the suspected assailants. We are taking the movements of people and vehicles at check posts and inter-state borders,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) MN Anucheth said.
Of the seven fired, four missed the target and hit the wall of the house. Three bullets had hit her — two in her chest area and one in the forehead,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar had told reporters on Tuesday night.
In November, Lankesh was convicted in a defamation case against two BJP leaders and was out on on bail. She has published articles on them in 2008. She was sentenced to six months in jail and asked to pay Rs. 10,000 penalty.