Man arrested for murder of journo Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh Gauri Lankesh murder Sanatan Sanstha Gauri Lankesh murder accused Naveen kumar Bangalore journalist murder Lankesh Patrike Indian Express

Gauri was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru on 5 September 2017. "We are not sure yet if it's is Naveen Kumar on the bike doing recce that got captured on the CCTV, but we are sure that he was involved in finalising the attack and escape strategies", said SIT sources.

Kumar's lawyers told reporters that they opposed in the court any move to conduct brain mapping of the accused citing Supreme Court rulings which do not allow the test without the consent of the accused.

The court is expected to pass an order on this on March 15. She was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid known for "anti-establishment" views.

She was the most high-profile journalist murdered in years and her killing sparked protests across India, demanding immediate arrest of the assailants. Just because he was in possession of the book does not mean he had links to Sanathan Sanstha. The locals in the area are reported to have said that they have heard of Naveen and his organisation, but it was no different from other Hindu fringe groups that has sprung up over the last few years. The SIT is expected to take Kumar to places he is suspected to have visited as part of the conspiracy. Kumar belongs from Birur town in Chikkamagaluru district, about 250 kilometres west of Bengaluru. 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. Naveen's family has kept up that he is pure and not the slightest bit associated with the case.

The Karnataka government later formed a 21-member SIT, led by Inspector General of Police B K Singh, to investigate the case.

Bhagawan is based in Mysuru.

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.

In this way after cross-examination, the SIT testing Lankesh's murder brought Naveen into their guardianship on March 2 to address him.

Like Gauri, Kalburgi too was killed by a bike-borne gunman who shot and escaped without leaving a trace.

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