Renowned journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar, on Tuesday evening. According to police reports, she was returning home from office between 7:45 pm and 8 pm, when three men on a motorcycle gunned her down.

The Karnataka Police is tracing the killers of senior Kannada journalist, Gauri Lankesh, a critic of Hindu extremism, who was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening. “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) M N Anucheth told IANS in Bengaluru.

“A total of seven bullets were fired out of which 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 said.

The 55-year-old Lankesh was the editor of Kannada weekly tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’. According to police, she had just parked her car and was walking towards the main entrance of her house when at least seven rounds of fire were hurled towards her by the attackers. As she tried to save herself from the fire, three bullets hit her head, neck and chest, killing her instantly.

Gauri Lankesh was the eldest daughter of acclaimed Kannada writer-journalist P. Lankesh. She had graduated from Indian Institute of Mass Communications, New Delhi, before starting her career with Times of India.  She is survived by her sister, filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh, brother filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh and mother Indira.

In 2015, Left ideologue and Kannada author Prof MM Kalburgi was shot dead in a similar manner by an unidentified gunman at the doorstep of his home.

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