Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today expressed shock over the killing of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru. The news regarding her killing is “shocking”, he said in a Facebook post. The chief minister said the incident has taken place at a time when progressive secular thoughts were getting strengthened in Karnataka and added that Lankesh was killed in a manner similar to that of M M Kalburgi. Lankesh had ample faith in secularism and was a fearless mediaperson, he said.
The chief minister hoped that those behind the killing would be brought to book as early as possible by the Karnataka government. Opposition leader in the assembly and Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala and Kerala Union of Working Journalists also condemned the killing.
Fifty-year-old Lankesh, an outspoken critic of Hindutva politics, edited a Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ besides owning some other publications.