Various organisations held demonstrations across the country on Wednesday to protest against the murder of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday evening. She was shot dead outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru. She was shot at three times by the assailants, who escaped on a motorcycle.

Here is a look at some of the protests:

Civil rights worker Teesta Setalvad, along with actors and activists Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das and others, at a protest in Mumbai's Carter Road. (Credit: Priyanka Vora/
A woman holds Gauri Lankesh's image at a demonstration in Bengaluru. (Credit: PTI)
Protestors hold up placards at Town Hall in Bengaluru. (Credit: Rohan Venkat/
Journalists and activists gather with other participants at Carter Road in Mumbai to protest against Gauri Lankesh's death. (Credit: Naresh Fernandes/
Gauri Lankesh's relatives stand by her body at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru. (Credit: PTI)
Protestors at Town Hall in Bengaluru. (Credit: Rohan Venkat/
A protest march in Kerala. (Credit: PTI)
A demonstration in Mangaluru against Guari Lankesh's killing.
Demonstrators hold up posters at Town Hall in Bengaluru. (Credit: Rohan Venkat/
A union of journalists protests against Gauri Lankesh's murder in Mangaluru.
A large turnout at Town Hall in Bengaluru to protest against Gauri Lankesh's murder. (Credit: Rohan Venkat/
A march in support of Gauri Lankesh in Kochi, Kerala.
A protest march in Kozhikode, Kerala.
Protestors shout slogans at an agitation in Mangaluru.
Agitators in Kozhikode, Kerala, decry the murder Gauri Lankesh.
Journalists and activists gather at the Press Club of India in Delhi. (Credit: Sonal Hayat/
A protest at the Press Club of India in Delhi. (Credit: Sonal Hayat/
Protestors gather at Goa's Miramar Beach.

Protests in Karnataka:

  • Bengaluru: Naik Bhavan, 8.45 am
  • Dharwad: Dr Kalburgi’s house in Kalyan Nagar, 10 am
  • Gadag: Thondadarya Math, 10 am
  • Gulbarga: Mini Vidhan Soudha, 10.30 am
  • Hubballi: Press Club, 11 am
  • Mandya: Rally from Silver Jubilee Park, 10 am
  • Mangaluru: India Jyothi Circle, 9 am; Town Hall, 4 pm; Deputy Commissioner’s Office, 5 pm
  • Udupi: Clock Tower, 5 pm

The protests in other states:

  • Ahmedabad: Sardarbag, Lal Darwaja, 4 pm
  • Chandigarh: Press Club, 12 pm
  • Chennai: Press Club, 11 am
  • Delhi: Press Club, 11 am, 12.30 pm and 3 pm; Jantar Mantar, 12 pm
  • Gorakhpur: Pant Park, 4 pm
  • Hyderabad: Sunderayya Vignana Kendram, 4 pm
  • Lucknow: Gandhi Statue, Hazratganj, 5 pm
  • Mumbai: Amphitheater, Carter Road, Bandra, 6 pm
  • Pune: SP College, Tilak Road, 4 pm
  • Thiruvananthapuram: High court junction, 6 pm; Manaveeyam Veedhi, 4 pm

Known critic of the right

In November 2016, Lankesh was convicted in two separate defamation cases for her article from January 2008 criticising leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party. She was out on bail in the case.

The article was published in Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada newspaper which was published, owned and edited by her. The article alleged that BJP MP from Dharwad, Prahalad Joshi, had been directly involved in criminal activities.

Lankesh was a known critic of the right, telling Newslaundry in an interview in 2016 after her conviction that “Modi Bhakts and the Hindutva Brigade” are “keen to somehow shut me up,” adding that they would like to see her behind bars. Lankesh was the daughter of journalist and writer P Lankesh.