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Procession held on the 5th death anniversary of Vinayak Baliga

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Mangaluru: A procession from Sri Venkataramana Temple, Car Street to the residence of the late Vinayak Baliga’s residence at Kala Kunj, Kodialbail, was led by Deshapremi Sangathanegala Okkuta on Sunday March 21, to mark the 5th death anniversary of Vinayak Baliga.

The procession started with the sisters of Vinayak Baliga praying to deity Lord Sri Venkatramana to give justice to their brother.

Vinayak Baliga was an the RTI activist who was brutally murdered near his residence early morning on March 21, 2016. The case is yet to be solved and the culprits behind the murder are yet to be punished.

On this matter, Prof Narendra Nayak, activist and president of Federation of Indian Rationalists’ Associations stated that It has been five years since the murder of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga and the case has not come to a logical end yet. “The investigation has not been properly done to know the conspirator behind the murder. Investigation officer Tilak Chandra, who is now retired, never showed interest in this case. When Vinayak Baliga’s sister Anuradha Baliga demanded repeatedly for SIT probe, she started receiving threat calls. We still demand SIT probe into the case. When Vinayak Baliga was murdered, Congress government was ruling, then JD(S) came and now BJP is in power, but none of these showed interest in this case.”

Saddened by the silence received from the community and local politicians, he said that not a single youth of the GSB community raised voice when their community member Baliga was murdered. None of the political parties has shown interest in giving justice to Baliga family, he added.

The march was followed by a meeting at the home of Vinayak Baliga, which was attended by a number of activists and office-bearers of political parties. Narendra Nayak, Dr P V Bhandary, a psychiatrist and director of A V Baliga hospital, were also present. The state convenor of DSS Devadas, Karnataka state president of DYFI, Muneer Katipalla, activist Gerald Towers, Santhosh Kumar Bajal, Anuradha Baliga and others were present.

Procession held on the 5th death anniversary of Vinayak Baliga
Procession held on the 5th death anniversary of Vinayak Baliga
Procession held on the 5th death anniversary of Vinayak Baliga
Procession held on the 5th death anniversary of Vinayak Baliga

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