Karnataka

Mysuru journalists protest murder of Gauri Lankesh

Forensic team at the spot were journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Forensic team at the spot were journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, in Bengaluru on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

Wearing black ribbons around their shoulders they held a silent protest, demanding the immediate arrest of the assailants.

Members of the Mysuru District Journalists'Association (MDJA) on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the deputy commissioner's office here to strongly condemn the brutal killing of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh.

The journalists, wearing black ribbons around their shoulders, held a silent protest, demanding the immediate arrest of the assailants.

Senior journalists Rajashekar Koti and Krishnaprasad, Karnataka Media Academy member K Shivakumar, MDJA President C K Mahendra, General Secretary Lokesh Babu, office-bearers and several members of the associaion took part in the protest.

Mr Mahendra submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah through the office of the deputy commissioner which was received by Additional Deputy Commissioner Yogesh, demanding that the culprits should be brought to book at the earliest.

Earlier, Mr Koti, while addressing the protestors, urged the government to ensure safety of journalists and progressive thinkers in the State and crack the case without any delay. He said the asssailants of M M Kalburgi were still at large even after two years and the investigation in this murder case should not happen like the Kalburgi case.

Mr Krishnaprasad described the killing as the “”blackest day in the history of journalism in Karnataka”” and sought protection to all the working journalists.

Karnataka Media Academy member K Shivakumar felt that the police should fasttrack the probe putting in all their resources and arrest the assailants within 48 hours.

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