Thousands of people including writers, journalists, rationalists are taking to the streets of Bengaluru to condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh. 'Forum against Gauri Lankesh's assassination' has called for a massive protest on Tuesday to "register resistance to hate culture".
Activists, writers like P Sainath, Teesta Setalvad, Anand Patwardhan, Kavitha Krishnan, Prashanth Bhushan, Medha Patkar, Megha Pansare etc are expected to lead the agitation. Thousands of people are expected to join the protests that will begin in a rally from Bengaluru City Railway station to Central college grounds in the city. Leaders of the protest will address a 'resistance meeting' to condemn the brutal killing of Gauri Lankesh and urge the government to bring her killers to justice.
With a hashtag #IamGauri, protesters intend to send a strong message against the culture of hate and intolerance to dissent. Journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in Bengaluru by unknown assailants on Wednesday. The Karnataka government on Monday increased the number of officers in the SIT by 40 to speed up the investigation. The investigating officer in the case confirmed that no arrests have been made so far despite rumors of one person from Andhra Pradesh being apprehended made the rounds.
In the aftermath of Gauri Lankesh's death, the Karnataka government has given security to more than two dozen writers, rationalists across the state. Gauri Lankesh's murder is being condemned with a massive rally on Wednesday and activists from across the country are expected to arrive in Bengaluru for the same.