SIT makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case

11 March, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Bengaluru Police makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case, arrested member of Hindu Yuva Sena

The advocate representing Kumar opposed further custody and submitted that Kumar had already spent 20 days in police custody.

According to the charge sheet, Naveen Kumar is not the No 1 accused in the case.

The Editor of Lankesh Patrike Kannada magazine, Gauri Lankesh, was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5th past year.

Six months after the murder of journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh, accused KT Naveen Kumar was arrested by the Karnataka Police on Friday. "The suspicion is that Naveen was providing the weapon for killing their next target to one of the team members when the Central Crime Branch arrested him on February 18", the source added. Recently, the Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy assured that the SIT would soon reveal details on Kumar's detention.

He was earlier taken into custody on March 2nd and after interrogation. Kumar has been in SIT custody since March 2.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders Yeddyurappa and Shobha Karandlaje have slammed the Congress and said that the party was framing Naveen in the Gauri Lankesh murder case because of his connections with Hindu outfits.

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The prosecutor also said that the since the police had found enough leads to book him, they were entitled to another 15 days of custody.

The court will on March 12 pronounce its order on whether the accused is to undergo narco test. But when the presiding officer of the additional chief metropolitan magistrate, V. Prakash, asked Naveen if he had given permission, he denied it. "A SIT has been formed to nab them", he said.

A source close to the investigation told TNM, "During the course of investigation, we have had reason to believe that the group which is suspected of killing Gauri Lankesh was planning to kill KS Bhagwan next".

The advocate, Virendra Ichalkaranjikar, who is head of the Sanstha-linked Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad, was part of a press conference of Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on the Gauri Lankesh case in September a year ago. Along with his elder brother Thimmegowda, he founded a fringe group called Hindu Yuva Sene based out of Mandya in 2015.

Naveen hails from Birur, Chikkamagalur in Karnataka.

A Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson confirmed to The New Indian Express that Naveen had in the past participated in the Dharma sabhas (religious meetings), both indoor and outdoor.

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