SIT makes its first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case

11 March, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Bengaluru Police makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case, arrested member of Hindu Yuva Sena

Kumar was yesterday produced before a court here which remanded him in police custody in the case till 13 March for further interrogation.

A report said that the assistant public prosecutor Nirmala Rani told the court that additional custody is required o unravel the murder conspiracy and another accused, has also been identified. Virendre Ichalkaranjikar is also national president of Hindu Vidhinya Parishad.In October 2017, when Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti held a press conference in the city, Virendra also spoke and demanded an unbiased probe.

Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and editor of Lankesh Patrike - a weekly newspaper, was a right-wing ideology critic.

Defence lawyers said Kumar, who was taken in only for questioning by the SIT, has been made an accused without any evidence.

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He also alleged that Naveen Kumar's arrest was "all politics" in the run-up to Karnataka Assembly polls.

The SIT is now questioning a man with links to gunrunners in Bijapur, who allegedly provided the weapon for the killing. The SIT had found a Kannada translation of a book by Jayanth Athavale, the founder of Sanathan Sanstha and a Hindu alamanac, published by Sanathan Prabha along with Athavale's photograph along with 10 bullets and other items when they raided his residence in Manya and Birur. Kumar has been in SIT custody since March 2. They have claimed to make their first arrest in connection to the murder of the Kannad journalist. The investigations in the Upparpet case has shown that Kumar, during conversations about guns and ammunition with some of his friends from Maddur, alluded to his links to the murder of Lankesh. The arrest comes six months after the murder. "We are not even sure whether Praveen is his real name or not, but we have some definite clues, and efforts are on to track him down", a senior police officer said.

Police are trying to verify whether Kumar was seen on CCTV cameras conducting a recce on a motorcycle around the journalist-activist's home the day she was shot down.


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