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Killing Of Journalist Prompts Protests In India

Journalists and social activists attend a protest against the killing of Gauri Lankesh, a senior Indian journalist by unidentified assailants in southern city of Bengaluru

The slaying of a journalist in India has prompted angry protests across the country by demonstrators who claim she was killed for criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing government.

Indian activists, politicians, and journalists on September 6 were demanding a full investigation into the death of Gauri Lankesh (eds: a woman), a magazine editor and outspoken critic of the ruling Hindu nationalist party (BJP).

The 55-year-old Lankesh was shot dead by three unknown gunmen on a motorcycle as she entered her home in Bangalore late on September 5.

Thousands gathered at Bangalore’s Town Hall on September 6 for a public vigil.

The Indian Writers' Forum called Lankesh's death "a chilling continuation" of a series of attacks in recent years targeting writers, artists, and scholars who have criticized Modi’s government.

Shobhana Jain, president of Indian Women's Press Corps, said the “silencing of a journalist" has "dangerous portents for Indian democracy."

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters