Bollywood celebrities, including Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, have expressed their grief over the death of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh. Lankesh was the editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada tabloid. According to reports, three unidentified men from close range shot the 55-year-old outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) M.N. Anucheth said, “the Karnataka Police is on the hunt to trace and nab the killers of the senior journalist. “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.”
She was the elder daughter of P Lankesh – a man who brought in a new brand of Kannada journalism and was also part of a group that worked for communal harmony. She had faced opposition and criticism for her alleged Leftist and anti-Hindutva views.
In November 2016, she was found guilty of defamation in a case involving BJP MP Prahlad Joshi, and had been sentenced to six months in jail. She was out on bail.
Here’s how Bollywood celebs reacted to the veteran journalist’s death:
Dhabolkar , Pansare, Kalburgi , and now Gauri Lankesh . If one kind of people are getting killed which kind of people are the killers .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) September 5, 2017
#Gauri Lankesh shot dead outside her home.Shocking Devastating. Dabholkar Pansare Kalburgi Culprits must be punished
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) September 5, 2017
Shocked & devastated…A person I knew & admired. In recent times we have seen a sharp decline in human rights, free speech, civil liberties https://t.co/QLIZd5Myj2
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) September 5, 2017
When “intellectual” becomes an abuse, words are replied with bullets.
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) September 5, 2017
— Priya Gupta (@priyagupta999) September 5, 2017
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