Gauri Lankesh murder: K'taka Police arrests accused after 6 months

Naveen Kumar was arrested on suspicion of supplying the weapons used to kill Gauri Lankesh

Naveen Kumar was arrested on suspicion of supplying the weapons used to kill Gauri Lankesh

K.T. Naveen Kumar, 37, of Maddur and founder of the Hindu Yuva Sene, was arrested and named as the first accused. In SIT's custody, Kumar is said to have provided investigators inputs about the route taken by him to spy on Gauri Lankesh's home on the day of the murder and to show her home to the killers.

KT Naveen Kumar's arrest on Friday is an indication that he is no more just a person of interest in the case and that there is scope for more details to unravel.

The 3rd Court of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate has given the SIT custody of Kumar for 5 days. The SIT had Naveen ride a bicycle in its guardianship. "A SIT has been formed to nab them", he said.

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 previous year.

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The former female officer escaped without injury as she was not in the auto , believed to be her personal vehicle, at the time. According to local media, the fire was caused by the partial explosion of a booby trap bomb underneath the vehicle .

Gauri was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru on 5 September 2017. He is reportedly linked to the Sanatan Sanstha outfit and its affiliate the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. Just because he was in possession of the book does not mean he had links to Sanathan Sanstha.

It is suspected that Naveen provided logistics to the killer by conducting a recce around Lankesh's house on September 3 and 5 previous year.

THE special investigation team (SIT) probing the Gauri Lankesh murder case, feels there are many questions that need answers - including from where the live bullets and revolver were obtained. The brazen attack on Lankesh was likened to the assassinations of rationalist thinkers-activists Narendra Dabholkar on 20 August 2013 in Pune, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Govind Pansare on 16 February 2015 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and M.M. Kalburgi on 30 August 2015 in Dharwad, Karnataka.

The Karnataka government later formed a 21-member SIT, led by Inspector General of Police B K Singh, to investigate the case. Naveen's family has maintained that he is innocent and in no way connected to the case.

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