Washington/New Delhi: The United States Embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday condemned the murder of noted senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening.
In an official statement, the US embassy said, “The US Mission in India joins advocates of press freedom in India and world-wide in condemning the murder of respected journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. We offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms Lankesh”.
At least seven bullets were fired at Lankesh, 55, around 8 pm, when she was about to enter her house. Three of those bullets hit her – two in the chest and one in the forehead – killing her instantly.
Bengaluru police hope to get a lead from the footage of CCTV camera installed at her residence. They said Lankesh could have been killed by hired professionals and the murder was well planned.
It was reported that two bike-borne men followed Gauri's car till her house, while one was waiting at her residence.
The location was an advantage for the assailants as the road was poorly lit and has many cross roads....