Thousands Convene in Bengaluru to Condemn Murder of Journalist Gauri Lankesh

Faith Castro
September 13, 2017

Apart from AAP, around 50,000 people are expected to join the rally that will be meeting at the Central College ground, India Today reported.

Senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified men at her residence, police said. "Naxalites are not terrorists and those who are suggesting that Naxalites could have harmed Gauri, they have very little understanding of the Naxal movement", he said in the interview. Her views were mostly critical on Hindu fundamentalism in politics and were severely against the caste system in India.

She also voiced support for the Naxalites, or Maoist rebels who have been carrying out a bloody insurgency against the government.

More than ten thousand people marched from the city's railway station to the Central College Grounds, where a protest meeting was held.

Bengaluru seeks justice for Gauri Lankesh hundreds take to streets

Marchers sang protest songs and held slogans with the words "Long live Gauri Lankesh". Some also sported black bands as a mark of protest. (Credit: Archana Nathan/ Students hold up a message condemning Gauri Lankesh's murder.

Karnataka's Aam Aadmi Party was a prominent participant in the protest, with journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan also joining the rally.

Targeting the Prime Minister, Swami Agnivesh said, "The general secretary of UN Human Rights Council has condemned Gauri Lankesh's killing". We will not wait for you to come for us, we will all stand in front of you. "Or against Sardar Vallabhai Patel who put it in writing that the RSS killed Gandhi?" she asked. It featured, among others, 99-year-old freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, writers Devanuru Mahadeva and Uday Prakash and actor and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad among several literary personalities from Karnataka; retired judges Justice Venkatachalaiah and Justice Sadashiva; journalists P Sainath, Siddharth Varadarajan, Sagarika Ghose; economist Irfan Ali Engineer, Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan; CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury; activists Teesta Setalvad, Medha Patkar, Swami Agnivesh, Kavita Krishna; Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani; and Lingayat seers Thontadarya Swami Nidumadi and Murugamut Swami Shivamurthy. "If you freely voice your ideas, you may even get killed", she added.

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