Gauri murder case: BJP serves notice to Guha over Sangh Parivar remarks

Police officials inspecting crime scene in Bengaluru. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants on 5 September

Up to 15,000 people including writers, journalists and academics have turned out in Bangalore to condemn the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

The resistance meeting saw the participation of progressive thinkers, journalists, writers and others.

No arrests have been made so far by the police, who is still looking for those behind her murder.

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her residence in Bengaluru on September 5. Many Naxals who came into the mainstream after giving up weapons did not send her hate mails or calls.

Yuva Morcha has served a legal notice to historian Ramachandra Guha for referring to the "Sangh Parivar" while condemning the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in an interview to an online portal and in an article to a newspaper.

The leader, famous for her inflammatory speeches, also said that others (writers etc.) should be careful because nobody knows what level somebody might stoop to for votes. Her views were mostly critical on Hindu fundamentalism in politics and were severely against the caste system in India.

The march began at the Bengaluru Railway Station, and the protestors congregated at the Central College ground, where a national convention has been organised.

Activist Teesta Setalvad said that no fascist force should be able to take away the freedom of questioning and rationalist thinking, and reminded the protesters how Gauri felt about youngsters being the real voice of opposition in the country.Medha Patkar recalled that Gauri was also a part of Narmada Bachao Andolan. A painting of Gauri Lankesh, a pyramid of umbrellas bearing messages of resistance, and life-sized dolls representing people from diverse cultures and faiths were some of the art installations at the grounds.

IANS also reported that members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Karnataka Janashakthi, Aam Aadmi Party and several student groups were also part of the rally.

"Various journalists, including Ravish Kumar and I are on the fundamentalists' hit list", said journalist Sagarika Ghose, who is one of the five women to have received death threats recently on Facebook. "The idea of a socialist and secular India is still alive".

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