Kolkata, Sep 5 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today described the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru as “most unfortunate” and “very alarming”, and demanded justice.

“Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Most unfortunate. Very alarming. We want justice (sic),” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle tonight.

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, an outspoken critic of Hindutva politics, was shot dead here today, police said.

Karnataka police chief R K Dutta said Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at the entrance of her residence in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar.

Lankesh, in her 50s, edited a Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ besides owning some other publications.

Lankesh was convicted in a defamation case filed by BJP MP Prahlad Joshi over a report published in her tabloid against some saffron party leaders.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.