Gauri Lankesh murder case: Naveen Kumar sent to 5-day SIT custody

Gauri Lankesh

New Delhi, March 9: Six months after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, accused KT Naveen Kumar was nabbed by the Karnataka Police on Friday.

Following the arrest, Bengaluru Magistrate Court today sent Kumar to 5 days of SIT custody.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on March 3 held a 37-year-old man under the Arms Act for illegal possession of ammunition for questioning in connection with the cold-blooded murder of Kannada tabloid Editor.

“K.T. Naveen Kumar was taken into custody by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Karnataka Police,” SIT Investigating Officer M.N. Anucheth told news agency IANS here.

Kumar belongs to Birur town in Chikmagalur district, about 250km west from here, was booked by the city police on February 19 under the Arms Act for illegal possession of 15 bullets of a revolver, he asserted.

The man had been remanded in Crime Branch custody, which ended on March 2.

“Based on certain clues provided by him, the SIT took him into custody for further questioning and investigation,” Anucheth said.

Lankesh, 55, the Editor of “Lankesh Patrike”, was shot dead outside her residence in the city’s southwestern suburb by unidentified assailants on September 5 in 2017 by unidentified assilants. Of the seven bullets fired, three hit Lankesh — two in the chest and one in the forehead.

The state government had constitued the SIT to probe the journalist killing.


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