Around 50 people, including activists, writers, professors and youngsters were detained near Marina beach by the Chennai police on Monday during their protest against the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
About 100 people had gathered near Marina beach on Monday morning. “We came together to protest the murder of Gauri Lankesh. We had permission to go till the Gandhi statue. When we tried to go near the statue to garland it, the police refused to let us because we were raising slogans. So, we told them we will go silently, but by then they had decided to pick us up,” said T Venkat, a freelance journalist.
The police detained about 50 protesters who were raising slogans. “We refused to get into the vehicle. That is when they dragged and pulled us into their vehicle. Some people’s clothes got torn in the process as well. They have kept us at Vasuki Valluvar Mandapam in Mylapore,” says Venkat.
He added that police have taken down all their names, but they do not know if they will be arrested or not.
Image: Detained protesters at Vasuki Valluvar Kalyana Mandapam in Mylapore.
On September 5, a journalist and Kannada writer Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by a man near her house in Bengaluru. There have been repeated protests in various parts of the country condemning her murder. People have been shouting slogans and carrying placards stating ‘I am Gauri’.
Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah has ordered a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the murder of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh.
On Monday, actor Prakash Raj lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder and said that he will return his awards over the issue. He stated this while attending the 11th State meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India.