Various media organisations led by the Mumbai Press Club and Bombay Union of Journalists on Tuesday condemned the killing of Kannda journo Gauri Lankesh and sought a speedy probe in the case. Gauri, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru last night. A candlelight vigil will be held at the press club here this evening, its secretary Dharmendra Jore said.
“To protest and condemn the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, there will be a candlelight vigil of journalists starting from the Mumbai Press Club at 7 pm today,” he said. Apart from the Mumbai Press Club, TV Journalists Association, Photographers Association and Network of Women in Media will join the protests, Jore said.
Some social activists have also organised a protest meeting in suburban Bandra this evening to condemn the killing. Gauri, 55, had returned home in her car and was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately, with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said. She died instantaneously.