Mamata Banerjee participates in candlelight vigil to condemn Lankesh's murder

Saul Bowman
September 7, 2017

The murder of the senior journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh is yet another proof of a culture of extreme intolerance being bred and promoted in India by the right-wing forces with the tacit support of the central government. "It is a fight of not just these four families but the entire society as these incidents show that the entire democratic system of the country is in danger", he said.

In an audacious attack, unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants pumped bullets into 55-year-old Gauri, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views against Hindutva politics, as she left her vehicle after reaching her home.

Gauri, a writer, publisher and editor, had returned home in her vehicle and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants sprayed bullets, with two hitting her on the chest and one on her forehead.

Karnataka Chief Minister Minister Siddaramaiah, the state's highest elected official, called the death "shocking" and said three police teams were investigating. Protests and candlelit vigils were held in her memory across the country.


Gauri's murder comes just days after the second anniversary of the killing of noted Kannada writer and rationalist Dr M M Kalburgi (77), who fell to bullets fired by two unidentified men at his residence at Dharwad in north Karnataka on August 30, 2015.

Police said they were searching for leads, but that it was too early to say who killed her.

She demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should look into the matter and provide answers for the attacks.

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