Bengaluru Police makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case, arrested member of Hindu Yuva Sena

09 March 2018, 07:25 PM
Bengaluri Police makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case, arrested member of Hindu Yuva Sena (File Photo)
Bengaluri Police makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case, arrested member of Hindu Yuva Sena (File Photo)

Bengaluru Police on Friday claimed a major breakthrough in the sensational murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. They have claimed to make their first arrest in connection to the murder of the Kannad journalist.

A special investigation team (SIT) of Karnataka Police formed to investigate and book the culprits of Gauri Lankesh murder case officially arrested KT Naveen Kumar.

SIT investigation officer M N Anucheth confirmed the development to Naveen Kumar.

He was detained by the Karnataka Police from Bengaluru city bus stand on February 18 under Arms Act for illegal possession of a revolver and 15 rounds of bullet.

According to reliable sources in the Bengaluru Police, Naveen Kumar, in his mid-30s, is a resident of Mandya district in the state and is associated with the Hindu Yuva Sena.

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Sources added, he is not directly involved in the shootout but played a ‘small but significant role’ in Lankesh’s killing.

“He is not one of the main accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case,” added the officer.

Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and editor of Lankesh Patrike — a weekly newspaper, was a right-wing ideology critic. Unknown motorcycle-borne criminals shot her dead on September 5 evening last year in front of her residence.

First Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 06:59 PM
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