BENGALURU/NEW DELHI, Sept 6 - The cold-blooded murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru unleashed outrage across the country today even as the Karnataka government quickly set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the killing.
As the media fraternity and members of civil society reacted with horror and staged protests in Bengaluru, Delhi and several other cities, leaders cutting across party lines condemned the murder. However, top leaders of the Congress and the BJP were locked in a spat over the killing in Bengaluru last night.
�Her killing is an ominous portent for dissent in democracy and a brutal assault on freedom of press,� the Editors Guild of India said in a statement.
In an audacious attack, unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants pumped bullets into 55-year-old Gauri, known for her Left-leaning outlook and forthright views against Hindutva politics, as she left her car after reaching her home.
As the killing in poll-bound Karnataka sent shock waves, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced a SIT probe headed by an Inspector General-level officer immediately, saying his government had an �open mind� to an investigation by CBI, which the slain journalist�s family has demanded. He said the murder of the senior journalist was an �organised crime.� � PTI