Senior journalist and Bangalore-based activist Gauri Lankesh was murdered outside her Rajarajeshwari Nagar residence on September 5, 2017. Assailants on a motorcycle fired several shots at her before fleeing as she was about to enter her home after returning from work.
#WATCH | Indira Lankesh and Kavitha Lankesh – mother and sister of journalist-activist #GauriLankesh who was murder… https://t.co/V0SymNOxh8
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) 1665145752000
The prosecution has in its charge claimed that Lankesh’s murder has connections with the assassination of Kannada writer MM Kalburgi and the murders of Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra.
18 accused of an extremist right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha are facing charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the KCOCA and the Arms Act. The Sanstha has denied involvement in the murders.
Congress was on their 28th day of the march that started in Tamil Nadu, entering Karnataka last week. Gandhi walked with Kavita and Indira on Friday, the eigth day of the yatra’s Karnataka leg.
Gandhi shared the photo of him marching alongside Lankesh’s family, saying he stands with her and countless others who “represent the true spirit of India”. Gandhi can be seen holding Gauri’s mother’s Indira’s hand in the photo.
Gauri stood for Truth Gauri stood for CourageGauri stood for FreedomI stand for Gauri Lankesh and countless oth… https://t.co/v7NoLycOb2
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1665143085000
He said the Bharat Jodo Yatra is the voice of people like Lankesh and that can never be silenced. “Gauri stood for Truth, Gauri stood for Courage, Gauri stood for Freedom. I stand for Gauri Lankesh and countless others like her, who represent the true spirit of India,” said the tweet.
The 3,570-km-long Bharat Jodo Yatra began from Kanyakumari on September 8. It has so far covered hundreds of kilometres across the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.