'Fearless' Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead outside of her home
A senior Indian journalist was shot dead on Tuesday in the southern city of Bengaluru by unidentified assailants, police said.
The body of Gauri Lankesh, the editor of Indian weekly newspaper Lankesh Patrike, was found lying in a pool of blood outside her home.
"People in front of her house heard gunshots," the city's Police commissioner, T. Suneel Kumar, told reporters. "We found four empty cartridges from the scene."
Lankesh was known as a fearless and outspoken journalist. She was a staunch critic of right-wing political ideology.
Last year, she was convicted of criminal defamation for one of her articles.
While the motivation for the killing was not immediately clear, political leaders, journalists and activists took to Twitter to express their outrage and denounce intolerance and any threat to free speech.
According to local police sources, Ms Lankesh was shot at by unidentified attackers at around 8pm local time on her walk home after parking her car.
Karnataka state's chief minister Siddaramaiah called it an "assassination on democracy".
In a statement, The Editors Guild of India described Lankesh as a "known critic of the central government who fearlessly expressed her views".