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  • SIT makes first arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder case


    Gauri Lankesh Protest 380 PTI

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    Police on Friday said, they claimed to have taken a 37-year-old man into custody in connection with the murder of Kannada tabloid editor Gauri Lankesh.

    KT Naveen Kumar was a first ever arrest, for illegal possession of bullets, is reportedly connected to radical Hindutva outfit called the Hindu Yuva Sena.

    "Kumar was taken into custody by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Karnataka Police for questioning," SIT Investigating Officer MN Anucheth as per media reports in Bengaluru. Kumar hails from Birur town in Chikkamagaluru district, about 250 kilometre west from Bengaluru, Anucheth said.

    Kumar is also linked to members of the Sanatan Sanstha outfit and its affiliate the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. He has been found in possession of more than 15 rounds of the cartridges of the .32 calibre, which are the same as the 7.65 mm cartridges, as per media source.

    Lankesh, 55, the editor of "Lankesh Patrike", was shot dead outside her residence in the city's southwestern suburb by unidentified assailants on 5 September last year.

    The state government had set up the SIT to probe the journalist-activist's killing.

    (With agency inputs)