Bengaluru, June 13:The Karnataka Police have arrested Parshuram Ashok Wagmare, the suspected shooter in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was gunned down outside her house in Bengaluru in September last year.
A Special Investigation Team, probing the murder, submitted a statement from Wagmare admitting his involvement in the shooting of Gauri Lankesh.
26-year-old Wagmare, police claimed, has a record of communal crimes and is allegedly affiliated to radical right-wing groups.
“In connection with the Gauri Lankesh case, the SIT has arrested Parshuram Wagmare, hailing from Sindagi (in Karnataka’s Vijayapura district),” Special Investigation Team Investigation Officer M.N. Anucheth said in a statement.
The accused was produced in a court here on Tuesday and was sent to 14 days of police custody for interrogation.
“His (Wagmare’s) role in the conspiracy and other details will be revealed later as it would affect the investigation at this stage,” the statement added.
The SIT has so far taken into custody at least four others in connection with the murder.
On March 2, 37-year-old K.T. Naveen Kumar was taken into custody after nearly 15 illegally possessed bullets were recovered from him by police.
Lankesh, 55, the Editor of “Lankesh Patrike”, was shot dead outside her residence in the city’s suburb by unidentified assailants on September 5 last year.