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Thousands stage protest rally against Gauri killing

BENGALURU

Thousands of social activists, journalists, people’s forums and various political party workers from across the country on Tuesday held a protest meet at Central College grounds to condemn the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.

A ‘resistance meeting’ was held here where renowned journalists, activists and thinkers from demanded that the Karnataka government ‘hastens’ the Special Investigation Team’s probe into the murder.

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 suburbs on September 5.

Those present at the protest venue included Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, noted social activist Medha Patkar, journalists P Sainath and Sagarika Ghose and civil rights activist Kavita Krishnan among others.

Lankesh’s family members, mother Indira Lankesh and brother Indrajit Lankesh were also present. A commemorative edition of the Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ was launched at the venue.

Addressing the gathering, Patkar questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the killing.”Why is the prime minister of the country silent on Gauri Lankesh killing even after a week?” she asked.

Indo-Asian News Service