Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

#IAmGauri national rally in Bengaluru clamours for justice in journalist's murder case

#IAmGauri national rally in Bengaluru clamours for justice in journalist's murder case

Rubbishing the allegations that Maoists could have killed senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, her younger sister Kavitha Lankesh has said those people have "very little understanding about the Naxal movement".

Many held placards saying "I am Gauri", while others read out poems on the importance of free speech.

The police had requested telecom operators to process tower dumps - data of phone lines that were active during the day of her murder and a few days before - of both mobile towers of her office in Gandhi Bazaar and her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar.

Ms Lankesh was shot dead by three unidentified people outside her house. Activists, writers and journalists flocked the city from across the country for the protest.

Gauri Lankesh was known for her left-leaning views.

The march began at the Bengaluru Railway Station, and the protestors congregated at the Central College ground, where a national convention has been organised. In its first story, Gauri's mother Indira Lankesh has written about Gauri as a daughter who fearlessly wrote what she had to and talks about her personality.

The crowd waved banners calling for justice, while some set up a structure of black umbrellas that were stamped with slogans condemning her murder.

Besides students from eminent colleges like St. Joseph's College joining the protest, the rally is also being led by journalist Palagummi Sainath, Teesta Setalvad and activist and documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and film producer Prakash Raj. "We are confident that the SIT will soon arrest the assailants", he said. "The idea of a socialist and secular India is still alive". "When there is something concrete, we would certainly brief the media", he said.

Kavita Krishnan, the Secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association, lawyer and politician Prashanth Bhushan, Megha Pansare, Medha Patkar and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury are also expected to participate in the rally. "I hope that this matter is probed without any biasness and the guilty are nabbed", said Prasad. Their research shows that at least 27 journalists have been murdered because of their work in India since 1992.

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