New Delhi, Sep 6, 2017: Protests have been planned all across the country today to demonstrate the murder of Bengaluru-based journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday.
Lankesh was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m.
According to initial reports, three unidentified assailants fired three to five bullets at Lankesh, with one hitting her in the forehead and another in the chest, and fled as she collapsed on the spot.
She was the editor of Lankesh Patrike, a weekly Kannada tabloid magazine. A well-known critic of right-wing forces, she was convicted last year in a defamation case filed by BJP MP Pralhad Joshi.
Here are some of the protests planned for demonstrating Lankesh’s murder:
Bengaluru: Naik Bhavan, 8.45 am
Dharwad: Dr Kalburgi’s house in Kalyan Nagar, 10 am
Gadag: Thondadarya Math, 10 am
Gulbarga: Mini Vidhan Soudha, 10.30 am
Hubballi: Press Club, 11 am
Mandya: Rally from Silver Jubilee Park, 10 am
Mangaluru: India Jyothi Circle, 9 am; Town Hall, 4 pm; Deputy Commissioner’s Office, 5 pm
Udupi: Clock Tower, 5 pm
Ahmedabad: Sardarbag, Lal Darwaja, 4 pm
Chandigarh: Press Club, 12 pm
Chennai: Press Club, 11 am
Delhi: Press Club, 11 am, 12.30 pm and 3 pm; Jantar Mantar, 12 pm
Gorakhpur: Pant Park, 4 pm
Hyderabad: Sunderayya Vignana Kendram, 4 pm
Lucknow: Gandhi Statue, Hazratganj, 5 pm
Mumbai: Amphitheater, Carter Road, Bandra, 6 pm
Pune: SP College, Tilak Road, 4 pm
Thiruvananthapuram: High court junction, 6 pm; Manaveeyam Veedhi, 4 pm
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah condemned the crime. “Absolutely shocked to learn about the murder of renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh. I have no words to condemn this heinous crime,” he tweeted.
Congress state unit chief G. Parameshwara called her death a “great loss to the community of independent journalism”. “Lost a dear friend, an accomplished journalist and a wonderful human being,” he said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed her “alarm” over Lankesh’s killing and demanded justice.
Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Most unfortunate. Very alarming. We want justice
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 5, 2017