Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Gauri Lankesh murder : Accused sent to SIT custody for 5 days

Gauri Lankesh Bengaluru Police makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case, arrested member of Hindu Yuva Sena
Glenn Montgomery | 11 March, 2018, 01:59

Naveen Kumar, who founded the Hindu Yuva Sene in 2014, was arrested last month for illegally possessing ammunition.

Bengaluru Magistrate Court has sent Naveen Kumar, described as person with links to right-wing groups, to 5-day SIT custody.

DCP M N Anucheth, the investigating officer in the case, told PTI that Naveen has been named as an accused and arrested by the SIT for his alleged involvement in the Lankesh murder.

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. A case under the Arms Act was then registered against him and he was remanded to judicial custody by a court.

The SIT also charged Kumar with plotting to assassinate Mysuru-based writer and rationalist K S Bhagawan.

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. Despite denials by Sanatan Sanstha about its links to Naveen Kumar, a senior advocate linked to the Sanstha appeared in court on Friday on behalf of Kumar and assisted advocate Vedamurthy, who had earlier appeared for the accused.

Lankesh, the Editor of "Lankesh Patrike", was shot dead by an unidentified man wearing a helmet while the suspect who rode the motorcycle was also not identitfied. 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.

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

Meanwhile, BJP leaders Yeddyurappa and Shobha Karandlaje have slammed the Congress and said that the party was framing Naveen in the Gauri Lankesh murder case because of his connections with Hindu outfits. Naveen's family has maintained that he is innocent and in no way connected to the case.

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