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Activists held for raising slogans over Gauri Lankesh’s murder

According to a senior police official, those detained were lodged in a marriage hall and later let off in the evening. Among those detained were some academicians and authors including professor Mangai and Manushyaputhiran.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: October 3, 2017 1:04 pm
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About 40 people, including some authors, were today detained when they raised slogans seeking justice for slain journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh at the Gandhi Statue near the Marina Beach here, police said.

According to a senior police official, those detained were lodged in a marriage hall and later let off in the evening. Among those detained were some academicians and authors including professor Mangai and Manushyaputhiran.

Police said a group of persons, including some from a youth outfit, arrived at the spot to garland the statue of Mahatma Gandhi as part of seeking justice for Lankesh, gunned down by unidentified persons in Bengaluru last month.

When they were told that only one person could go ahead, an argument ensued before police detained them. “Among those who were detained included academicians, authors and some youth. They were released in the evening”, Mangai told PTI.

Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artists Association, condemned the detention of the authors and academicians. Stating that several people paid their respects to the statue of Gandhi on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi, the association alleged police “forcibly” evicted the authors and academicians who raised slogans near the statue.

“We strongly condemn the incident. It is undemocratic” the association state President S Tamilselvan said in a statement.

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      Ambar
      Oct 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm
      Detaining professors and educated peaceful protestors sends a very wrong message to the masses. Also, the reason why only 1 person was allowed to proceed to garland MG statue is not clear. Is there such a law / rule ? If not, I feel such a restriction was quite unnecessary. Either way, not a proud moment for a democracy.
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        carnama
        Oct 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm
        Gauri Lankesh A Convicted Criminal for 6 Month Was on Bail.... This was her Journalism
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        1. Rakesh Katyal
          Oct 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm
          When JNU celebrates killing of paramilitary personnel, liberals say difference of opinion be allowed to persist. But if some celebrates Gauri s killing then it is Intolerance of highest order and no less than PM must resign. Come on Liberals be consistent and not be so Intolerant.
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            S B
            Oct 3, 2017 at 2:02 pm
            50 activists gathered for souting slogans ....is it worthwhile news to be published .... There are several thousand people killed ... Thousand gathered ... No reporting yet.... Aren't u part of particular thought who believes except for them all who believes in India in thier way are fool ....
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