Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

SIT arrests Naveen Kumar in Gauri Lankesh murder case

SIT arrests Naveen Kumar in Gauri Lankesh murder case

The police had been keeping him under electronic surveillance, and during his interrogation, it was revealed that Naveen was one of the suspects on the SIT's radar for months.

The SIT officials on Friday named two accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case and submitted details of the second accused who is yet to be arrested. Hearing the submission, the magistrate reserved the order to March 12.

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. However, after Naveen's arrest, he has gone underground.

The killing of the journalist had drawn widespread condemnation and the Siddaramaiah government had come under flak for not making any headway in nabbing the culprits. 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 SIT is expected to take Kumar to places he is suspected to have visited as part of the conspiracy.

Naveen also reportedly was familiar where Gauri Lankesh stayed in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar.

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A native of Mandya district about 100 km from Bengaluru, Naveen Kumar was caught by the organised crime wing of the state police's central crime branch on February 18, 2018. The radical outfit has been linked in Maharashtra in the murder case of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.

Bhagawan is based in Mysuru.

Indian police have arrested a member of a Hindu extremist group for his alleged involvement in the murder of a left-wing journalist, Gauri Lankesh.

Naveen had with him over 15 rounds of cartridges of.32 calibre.He was taken into custody for questioning and later a case was filed with the jurisdictional Upparpet police under Sections 3 and 25 of the Arms Act.

Investigations by the SIT has unearthed CCTV footage of a man conducting a recce of the home of the journalist a few hours before her killing.

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