An Indian journalist was fatally shot Tuesday by unidentified attackers in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police said.

The assailants pumped bullets into Gauri Lankesh as she left her car after reaching her home in Bangalore, the Karnataka state capital. The attackers fled the scene.

   

Top police officer R.K. Dutta said it was too early to say who killed her. He said he had met Lankesh recently, but she did not mention any threat to her life.

She edited a local magazine, “Lankesh Patrike,” and was found responsible in a defamation case by a lawmaker of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for her writing about Hindu nationalists in 2016.

In 2015, an Indian scholar, Malleshappa M. Kalburgi, was killed in a similar way, also in Bangalore. He had received death threats from angry right-wing Hindu groups after he criticized idol worship and superstitious beliefs by Hindus.

He was the third critic of religious superstition to be killed in the country in three years.

India has long held secularism to be a keystone of its constitution — and a necessity for keeping the peace among its cacophony of cultures defined by caste, clan, tribe or religion, including Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism.

The shocking incident of noted journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh getting murdered in cold blood on Tuesday night triggered outrage and sorrow among people from different walks of life across the country.

The gutsy editor was shot dead by unknown assailants from point-blank range at her Ideal Homes Layout residence in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar Bengaluru.

The noted editor was known for her vocal stance against fascist forces and was a dissenter.

CM Siddaramaiah also expressed shock and promised action from the police.

Gauri’s murder comes two years after the murder of noted rationalist MM Kalburgi, whose killers are yet to be apprehended.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also expressed shock over the murder, and implied that such acts were a threat to democracy.

 

 

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