Bangalore Police claim that killers left no clue and case is hard to solve instantly. Various protests have been planned condemning her murder across the country.
"The silencing of a journalist in this manner has risky portents for democracy", the Indian Women's Press Corps said in a statement. "Now we must all pause &wonder". She faced a lot of threats.
"We are seeing the space for free-thinking shrinking".
In a statement, it said Lankesh's murder "fits into a by now familiar pattern of eliminating voices that dare to speak out against the current climate of hate and intolerance by the RSS and BJP". Pinarayi said he also hoped that those behind the killing would be brought to book as early as possible by the Karnataka government. "#GauriLankeshMurder case won't drag on for years".
Senior Kannada journalist-activist Lankesh was known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views against Hindutva politics.
The incident took place at her house where three assailants reportedly involved in the attack against the noted journalist.
Mainly she fights on the Freedom of Press.
A prominent Indian journalist and activist has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka.
The chief minister said he held an emergency meeting with senior police officers, and asked them to assess the threat perception to progressive thinkers in the state. Lankesh had just reached home and was about to enter when unidentified men shot at the 55-year-old journalist and editor of Lankesh Patrika from close range.