"The U.S. Mission joins advocates of press freedom in India and world-wide in condemning the murder of respected journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. We offer our sincere condolence to the family, friends, and colleagues of Ms. Lankesh," it said.
Senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Naga.
Lankesh was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid described as an "anti-establishment" publication.
Following this, major protest demonstrations have been planned across India, especially in prominent parts of Karnataka. (ANI)