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Gauri Lankesh’s death: Bengaluru on high alert

Following journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh’s murder on Tuesday night, police commissioner T Suneel Kumar directed all DCPs to carry out nakabandi across the city.

As a precautionary measure, checkposts were erected on all main roads.

Cops deployed at all toll gates in Nelamangala, Hosur Road and NICE Road.

At 10pm, activists and supporters of Gauri staged a flash protest at Corporation Circle, condemning the death of the senior journalist.

Similar protests held across the state.

Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her residence was a journalist-activist, known for her anti-establishment, pro-poor and pro-Dalit stand.

She is one among very few woman editors who openly expressed her pro-Naxalite and Leftist views.

Gauri was the daughter of legendary Kannada journalist born in 1962. 

Her siblings – Kavitha and Indrajit Lankesh – are film and theatre personalities.

Gauri started her own ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ in 2005 after quitting as editor of Lankesh Patrike following differences with her brother and paper’s proprietor and publisher Indrajit.

Gauri worked for the rehabilitation of Naxalites and was one among those involved in the founding of Citizens Initiative for Peace (CiP) in the state.

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