Police protection for 25 Kannada literary figures after murder of Gauri Lankesh

The move to provide security to writers and thinkers was taken after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah issued instructions to police last week to ensure the protection of members of the intelligentsia who have been espousing frank views on matters of religion and rituals in the country.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: September 10, 2017 10:08 am
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Based on the advice of the Intelligence department of Karnataka Police, as many as 25 Kannada literary figures and progressive thinkers have been provided security in the aftermath of the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh.

The literary figures include Girish Karnad, Baragur Ramachandrappa, K S Bhagwan, Yogesh Master, Banjagere Jayaprakash, Patil Putappa, Chennaveera Kanavi, Nataraj Huliyar and Chandrashekhar Patil. A few strong proponents of an ongoing movement for separation of the Linagayat community from Hinduism which includes former IAS officer S M Jamdar, have also been provided state protection following Lankesh’s murder.

The move to provide security to writers and thinkers was taken after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah issued instructions to police last week to ensure the protection of literary figures who have been espousing open views on matters of religion and rituals in the country.

“Security has been provided to 25 persons in Karnataka after the shooting of Gauri Lankesh. They include many prominent writers and thinkers,” police sources said. The list of writers and thinkers to be provided protection was drawn up randomly after considering controversies surrounding their work and speeches, sources said.

The killing of Gauri Lankesh, 55, came a little over two years after the murder of Kannada scholar and researcher M M Kalburgi in Dharwad on August 30, 2015. Soon after the killing of Lankesh, some individuals on social media declared that more progressive thinkers would be targeted. One of these people, Mallanagouda Basanagouda Biradar, 22, was arrested by the Bengaluru Police on September 7 for issuing threats to writers and thinkers on social media.

Earlier in 2015, in the aftermath of Kalburgi’s murder, right-wing activist Bhuvith Shetty had tweeted an incendiary message that had led to his arrest. “Then it was Anantamoorty and now it’s M M Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die a dog’s death. And dear K S Bhagwan you are next,” Shetty had posted shortly after Kalburgi’s death.

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    Pradeep Phadke
    Sep 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    Easy easy way to get police protection in Karnataka. Just write some thing anti Hindu! If you also happen to be a journo you may get Z security!!
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    1. Ml Pandit
      Sep 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm
      Police or tax payer protection? But is any protection fool proof? No, the answer lies in instant and exemplary crime punishment?
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        Bharat
        Sep 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm
        CPI communist pigs of India burnt a Hindu woman alive in Kerala just because she was the wife of a BJP worker ...2 Students were brutally beaten up by the Kerala Police for raising their voice against the Kerala CM Pinarayi ... One student died ... Why this is not in the national news ... Is Hindu life so cheap and media will cover only Kalburgi Alaq Junaid and Lankesh .. will speak about Azadi in JNU and what about Freedom of speech of Hindus in Kerala ... What's wrong with the RSS workers asking for head of Pinarayi in return for the deaths of RSS workers ... Rise Hindus and focus on the enemies within and uproot them out of power ....
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        1. Nadeem Ansari
          Sep 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm
          Gauri Lankesh was a veteran journalist. She openly hobnobbed with Congress. There will be others who dance with BJP. The lady wanted to make surrender of some Maoist leaders easy. Police wanted to retain some of them for future use. Siddaramaiah is no enemy of Maoists. He cannot override the police, who will be in power even after Siddaramaiah. He loses nothing if he is short of one Lohiaite friend in this world. He already gained some votes among educated voters. He is also working on Kannada regionalism front. How can a avowed leftist be a friend of rich CM of a rich City ? It is a broad coalition of caste region religion gamblers. She is one in the brigade. She miscalculated the timing. BJP has a brigade of its own in the press . But they are safe right now. It is not a war of ideas or of principles. It is part of the power game. People are helpless.
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            pankaj
            Sep 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm
            Why giving their names here openly? So people can read about them and get crazy? So they can be killed? D-u-m-b-s, even if killer do not know all these people now they will know them. If you were serious about people safety you could have just mentioned 25 and even congress government of Karnatka shouldn't mention who all are getting security.
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