Speaking to journalists, the Bangalore City Police Commissioner said unidentified men shot Lankesh from close range, and three bullets hit her on the neck and chest.
Journalists' organisations in Mumbai and Maharashtra on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of Bengalaru journalist-turned-activist Gauri Lankesh and demanded that the Karnataka government order a CBI enquiry into the murder. Editor of the weekly Kannada tabloid "Lankesh Patrika", Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified men at her residence on Sept 5, 2017.
"Two persons had written something against Gauri on Facebook and the police is investigating it", the Chief Minister said.
According to reports, the murder of Lankesh was filmed by CCTV cameras installed in her garage which is now probed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the state government. Her murder has drawn widespread condemnation, including from the USA and amnesty worldwide.
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Gauri Lankesh stood for a certain idea.
"Such attacks against democratic values should be condemned and those behind the crime should be brought to book as early as possible", he said in a statement.
The left-wing protest group said, "This killing, fits into a by now familiar pattern of eliminating voices that dare to speak out against the current climate of hate and intolerance". "In this context, it is imperative that the authorities act swiftly and arrest the culprits behind this murder and buck this alarming trend", he said.
"The US Mission in India joins advocates of press freedom in India and worldwide in condemning the murder of respected journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru".
Press Club of India, Press Association, Editors' Guild and several other journalist groups on Tuesday afternoon held protests in cities across India, calling her murder a "brutal assault on the freedom of press".
On Wednesday, the Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in New Delhi MayKay Loss Carlson posted a tweet with hashtag #PressFreedom.
A number of politicians from across party lines, journalists and others have come out to sharply condemn the murder and have demanded that the investigation into her killing be fast-tracked.