Up to 15,000 people protested in the streets of Bengaluru on Tuesday, September 12, to condemn the September 5 murder of left-leaning journalist Gauri Lankesh. Multiple protests have been held nationwide in the days since her murder, however, the event in Bengaluru had the largest turnout. Further protests are likely in Bengaluru and other cities in the coming days as the police investigation proceed; no arrests in the case have yet been made. Associated transportation disruptions should be expected in the event of further protests.
Gauri Lankesh was shot and killed at her home in Bengaluru on September 12 by armed men on a passing motorcycle. Officials have not yet determined the motive or those responsible for the crime. Lankesh was considered one of India’s most respected journalists, known for her support of secular and leftist causes. She was buried with full state honors.
Individuals in India, particularly in Bengaluru, are advised to avoid all protests, keep abreast of the situation, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities.