On the night of September 5, the 55-year-old editor of Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike was gunned down outside her home in the city's southwest suburb by unknown assailants.
The protesters began the march from the city's railway station. They are expected to address the convention.
Besides students from eminent colleges like St. Joseph's College joining the protest, the rally is also being led by journalist Palagummi Sainath, Teesta Setalvad and activist and documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and film producer Prakash Raj.
Rubbishing the allegations that Maoists could have killed senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, her younger sister Kavitha Lankesh has said those people have "very little understanding about the Naxal movement".
"National leaders of the BJP should stop giving statements such as how the Congress government did not provide security to Gauri Lankesh in spite of she asking for it. Gauri never asked for police security and that is why we had not provided it. But we need to tell them in clear voice that we are not afraid and we will exercise our constitutional right to free expression". Who all will you target?" while Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani said: "The Sangh Parivar's ideology killed Gauri.
Lankesh was an outspoken critic of Hindutva groups.
Lankesh, the daughter poet and journalist P Lankesh, used the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, that was started by her father, to write against the divisive politics of the right-wing. A special edition of her Kannada newspaper will be published.
Veteran freedom fighter HS Doreswamy said that a "new era" should be created, starting now.
Summary:Bengaluru: A protest rally will be held in the city on Tuesday to protest against the killing of journalist-cum-activist Gauri Lankesh a week ago here, said an organiser on Monday.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Karnataka, which had also taken the forefront in the September 6 protest in town hall has also joined the rally.
Condemning the act of celebrating and justifying Lankesh's murder by a section of supporters from the Sangh Parivar, Sanatan Sanstha and the Sri Ram Sena, a statement issued at the meeting said, "We, at the resistance meeting, condemn this inhuman behaviour, which is not supported by any religious teaching".
Protestors participating in the rally hold up dummies as they reach Bengaluru's Central College ground. "Hundreds of activists, thinkers and writers from all over the country will participate in the protest rally, demonstration and a public meeting at Central College grounds", forum convenor K. Leela told reporters here.
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