Washington, Sep 6 (PTI) A US-based media watchdog today urged the Karnataka Police to thoroughly investigate the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh who was shot dead at her residence in Bangalore. Also Read - Thanks to Karnataka Police, Woman Reunited With Her 9-Month-Old Son After He Was Left Abandoned

Lankesh, 55, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants yesterday. Also Read - Wait Over! Tesla Finally Enters India as it Registers Office in Bengaluru; Karnataka CM Tweets Welcome to Elon Musk

“We urge police in Karnataka to thoroughly investigate the murder of Gauri Lankesh, including whether journalism was a motive,” said Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler. Also Read - List of States That Announced Reopening of Schools, Colleges This Month

Butler said in a statement that India needs to address the problem of impunity in journalist murders and ensure the press can work freely.

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