Gauri Lankesh murder: Accused Naveen Kumar's custody extended till March 15

11 March, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Police standing guard at the house of Gauri Lankesh

"As this case seems to have political or ideological connections, we want to record the statements of Naveen Kumar, who has been arrested in the case, through narco analysis and brain mapping".

Naveen reportedly came to Bengaluru from Mandya a couple of days before the murder to collect the package.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had termed the killing of Gauri Lankesh "an onslaught on humanity" and said that his government would ensure that the culprits were brought to justice.

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The special investigation team probing the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh has officially arrested Hindu Yuva Sene's K.T. Naveen Kumar and named him one of the accused in the case. "He has been taken into five days' police custody", the officer said. "A SIT has been formed to nab them", he said.

This is the first arrest in the case after 55-year-old Gauri Lankesh, known as an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on 5 September last year. The SIT had Naveen ride a bicycle in its guardianship. She used to run the Kannada magazine Gauri Lankesh Patrike. 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.

"Lankesh in the city a year ago". 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. "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. Naveen's family has maintained that he is innocent and in no way connected to the case.


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