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A prominent Indian journalist and activist has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka.

As per reports, three bullets were pumped in her body. In 2016, she was convicted in a defamation case filed by MP Prahlad Joshi, who had objected to a report against BJP leaders.

Her sibilngs - Kavitha and Indrajit Lankesh are film and theatre personalities. Seven rounds of bullets were fired of which, four struck the front wall and three hit her in the head, neck, and chest leading to an instant death.

To honour the journalist, state funeral and a gun salute was given to Gauri Lankesh as hundreds of people bid adieu to the activist. According to officers, the motive remains unclear. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani condemned the killing of Lankesh and hoped there would be a speedy investigation and justice delivered.

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There is a huge buzz on the social media over the Journalist Gauri Lankesh Murder.

Shashi Tharoor, a senior member of India's main opposition Congress Party, echoed these sentiments, tweeting, "Saddened by the murder of #GauriLankesh. Her voice rings on".

Addressing a press meet at Vidhana Soudha here on Wednesday, Siddaramaiah said, "I have instructed the Director General (DG) and Inspector General of Police (IGP) to constitute a SIT to probe the case of Gauri Lankesh's murder".

It calls upon the Left and democratic forces to lodge a strong protest against this heinous murder and against the growing intolerance and hatred in the country.

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Addressing a press conference, Siddaramaiah said that he has met Gauri Lankesh recently but she never spoke about any threats to her life during the conversation.

She ran the weekly "Gauri Lankest Patrike", a tabloid and faced opposition and criticism of her journalism.

Her killing bears similarities to the death of scholar MM Kalburgi, 77, who was shot dead outside his home in Dharwad, Karnataka in November 2015.

Her murder was quickly paralleled with the murder of Sahitya Akademi Award victor M M Kalburgi in 2015. "The details are sketchy, and we are yet to know who has done it". "Can we all please concentrate on that?"

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Veteran actress Shabana Azmi expressed that she is devastated this brutal incident.

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