Several dozens of activists were arrested in Bangalore and kept in Ashok Nagar Police Station for attempting to organize a peaceful protest towards the Chief Minister’s residence. The demonstrators were concerned that despite 90 days, the culprits of murder of Gauri Lankesh were still not arrested.
The protesting organizations and citizens of Bangalore included Kavita Lankesh (film maker and sister of Gauri), Ashok from Komusouhardika Vedike, women’s activist Champa, Mallike from Janashakti, Adv. Narasimha Murthi, Yogesh Master and many other activists, organisations and citizens.
The Karnataka police seems to be trying to arrest those who demand justice for Gauri, rather than the culprits of murder of writer/journalist/activist Gauri Lankesh. The activists condemned the deteriorating status of freedom of expression in India.
Gauri Lankesh murder: Activists condemn delay in probe
BENGALURU: Social activists on Monday pulled up the state government for the delay in identifying the persons behind the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.At an event organised for the inauguration of the Gauri Memorial Trust, activist Teesta Setalvad said there was a need to question the Karnataka government regarding progress made in the murder probe. “What is happening with the probe? Who are the killers? These should be made public and we cannot afford a culture of silence,” she said.
Criticising the BJP for “sowing communal discord” in the state ahead of the Assembly elections, she said divisive tactics are being employed in different parts of the state to create violence.The trust was set up under the leadership of freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, with writer Devanuru Mahadeva, activists Teesta Setalvad, Chukki Nanjundswamy and others as members.The activists will also take out a protest rally to the Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday demanding the arrest of the culprits behind Gauri’s murder.
Activists of the Gauri Hatya Virodhi Vedike gathered in protest at Anand Rao circle in the city. DH photo.
Demanding a true response by none other than Chief Minister Siddraramaiah, as to why there has been no progress in the investigations into the murders of Gauri Lankesh and writer Prof M M Kalburgi earlier.
“The government has failed to bring the murderers to justice,” they said. Three months have passed since Gowri’s murder and 30 months since Prof Kalburgi’s murder.
Gauri’s sister Kavitha Lankesh, Vedike president Ananth Nayak and others participated. The police arrested them when they neared the CM’s official residence. Among those taken into custody were writer Chandrashekhara Patela and Kavitha Lankesh.