Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Man arrested for murder of journo Gauri Lankesh

Man arrested for murder of journo Gauri Lankesh

The arrested K T Naveen Kumar belonging to Maddur in Mandya district had been arrested by the police last month for possessing live cartridges used in the country made pistol similar to that was used to kill Ms Lankesh by an unidentified assailant.

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".

Naveen Kumar, who has been detained in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, is being questioned, and his custody has been extended for five more days.

The SIT is now questioning a man with links to gunrunners in Bijapur, who allegedly provided the weapon for the killing.

According to Indian Express report, a Bengaluru city court gave the Special Investigation Team (SIT) five-day additional custody of the suspect to take him to locations in Goa and Belgaum. She was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwarinagar on September 5, 2017.

In an interview to Reuters in 2015, the members of the Sanatan Sanstha said they were preparing for the advent of a divine Hindu kingdom in India.

The SIT informed the court that it intends to put Kumar through forensic tests such as lie detector, voice sampling, brain mapping and narcoanalysis to ascertain whether he is stating facts during interrogation, as he keeps changing his versions. The locals in the area are reported to have said that they have heard of Naveen and his organisation, but it was no different from other Hindu fringe groups that has sprung up over the last few years.

Bengaluru Police on Friday claimed a major breakthrough in the sensational murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. The radical outfit has been linked in Maharashtra in the murder case of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare. The court, however, granted him bail in the arms case.

Sources in the SIT said that concrete evidence has not been gathered to link Naveen Kumar to Sanathan Sanstha.

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