On Friday a 37-year-old man was taken into custody by a Special Investigation Team(SIT) in relation to the murder of Kannada journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.
“The suspect, KT Naveen Kumar, was arrested by the Bengaluru Police on February 18 for possessing 15 rounds of Point 32 calibre cartridges. Kumar hails from Maddur in Mandya district and had in 2015 founded a radical right-wing group called the Hindu Yuva Sene,” which the Senior officer quoted above said appeared not to be associated to any other group.
The 55-year-old Gauri who was the editor of “Lankesh Patrike”, was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru by an anonymous attacker last year on September 5. This whole incident was captured on a CCTV established in the area, but the suspect was wearing a helmet.
The Karnataka state government had fixed up the Special Investigation Team to inspect the Lankesh’s murder case.
The senior officer said further interrogation was required, while the SIT has questioned Kumar in the past, “He was definitely an accomplice but he does not seem to have had any major role in the murder,” the investigating officer said.
“We had received a tip-off about Kumar, and we shared the information with the city police, which arrested him. Upon interrogation, it was found that he was an accomplice in the crime and hence we sought custody,” the investigating officer added.