Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

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

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

A police officer who attended the meeting said they had missed the accused thrice due to leak of operational information.On behalf of Naveen, advocate Virendra Ichalkaranjikar assisted advocate Vedamurthy, who had earlier appeared for the accused. Naveen is said to have told the SIT that one of the main persons involved in the Gauri Lankesh murder was called Praveen, but officials added that he was refusing to divulge anything more. "The evidences collected so far confirm him as an accused in the case and we have thus arrested him", he said. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been given the custody for the probe.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot down with a 7.65 mm country made pistol in the drive way of her home in west Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, 2017. SIT produced him before the court today where he was remanded to five days police custody till 13th this month.

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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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 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. 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.

Bengaluru Police on Friday claimed a major breakthrough in the sensational murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. "Naveen also had a few links with people in Belagavi who are alleged to be arms dealers and it has led us to bring him there", a police source 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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