'I am Gauri': Thousands protest against Indian journalist's murder

'I am Gauri': Thousands protest against Indian journalist's murder

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru on September 5.

According to a The Times of India, the preliminary report is likely to be submitted to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case on Wednesday.

Those present at the protest included CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, noted social activist Medha Patkar, journalists P. Sainath and Sagarika Ghose and civil rights activist Kavita Krishnan among others.

Gauri's mother Indira, sister Kavitha, brother Indrajit and niece Esha also took part.

Lankesh, the daughter poet and journalist P Lankesh, used the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, that was started by her father, to write against the divisive politics of the right-wing. "We do not know how many of us, who are here today, will be alive tomorrow". This is the largest constructed machine of hate since partition, with a thought-out, coherent strategy.

Thousands of people gathered in Bengaluru for a protest rally in Gauri Lankesh s name. A painting of Gauri Lankesh, a pyramid of umbrellas bearing messages of resistance, and life-sized dolls representing people from diverse cultures and faiths were some of the art installations at the grounds.

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"We at the resistance meeting condemn this inhuman behavior, which is not supported by any religious teachings".

BJP Karnataka state in-charge Muraleedhar Rao speaking on the occasion to journalists, said that BJP was opposed to the ideology of Gauri but had also strongly condemned her killing.

"Those of us here would like to tell her murderers loud and clear: 'I am Gauri, we are all Gauri, '" it added.

IANS also reported that members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Karnataka Janashakthi, Aam Aadmi Party and several student groups were also part of the rally. (Credit: Rohan Venkat/Scroll.in) Protestors take to the streets of Bengaluru to participate in a national rally against the murder of Gauri Lankesh.

"The forum of progressive thinkers, writers, social activists, artistes and intellectuals was formed last Friday to fight against Lankesh killing and made a decision to hold the national-level "resistance convention" here", the forum convenor K. Leela had told reporters on Monday.

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