Hundreds of social activists, journalists, people’s forums and various political party workers from across the country on Tuesday took out a protest rally in Bengaluru condemning the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.
The protesters gathered at the city's railway station before taking to the streets. According to the organisers, more than 50000 people took part in the protest gathering, which was attended by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, senior journalist P Sainath, and activists Medha Patkar among others. Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Karnataka Janashakthi, Aam Aadmi Party and several student groups were also part of the rally.
The 55-year-old editor of Kannada weekly tabloid by her name “Gauri Lankesh Patrike” was gunned down by unidentified men outside her home in the city suburb on 5 September.
With black badges that read - #IAmGauri - the protesters took out a rally from the Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station to the Central College grounds, where a protest meeting was held. Those marching were also seen singing protest songs, raising slogans like “Gauri Lankesh Amar Rahe” (Long live Gauri Lankesh) and demanding that Lankesh's assailants be brought to book.
Those participating in the protest meet include CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, noted social activist Medha Patkar, journalists P. Sainath and Sagarika Ghose, Swaraj India leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, documentary producers Anand Patwardhan and Rakesh Sharma, and civil rights activists Teesta Setalvad, Kavitha Krishnan and Jignesh Mevani, besides film producer Praksah Rai.
A special edition of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike was also released in the rally.
The progressive forum ‘Gauri Lankesh Hatya Virodhi Vedike’ took out the rally.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Monday increased the number of officers in the SIT by 40 to speed up the investigation. According to highly placed sources, the probe has found key similarities in the murder of Lankesh and the killing of Kannada rationalist MM Kalburgi.