Bengaluru, July 25: The Karnataka Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Tuesday arrested another suspect in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, named Rajesh D. Bangera, from Madikeri.
He was sent to police custody till August 6.
With this, the total number of those arrested in the case reached to 10.
On Sunday, the SIT held two people Amit and Ganesh from Hubli.
The seventh suspect Mohan Nayak was held by the SIT from Karnataka’s Dakshin Kannada district on July 21.
Last month, the sixth person Parshuram Waghmare was arrested from Sindhagi in Vijaypura by the probing team.
Waghmare, the prime suspect was reportedly confessed to his crime and said that he killed the journalist to save ‘his religion’.
Probe team had said that Wagmare was recruited to kill Gauri and he was trained to use an air pistol with 500 rounds in Belgaum for months before the murder. According to sources, the same weapon was used to shoot Lankesh, and rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi as per the forensic reports.
The gun is yet to be traced and police suspect that the weapon is given to the shooter just before the act of crime and is taken back from him as soon as the murder was committed.
Prior to this, five persons- K. T. Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, Amol Kale, Manohar Edve, Sujeeth Kumar alias Praveen and Amit Degvekar were also nabbed in the case.
Gauri Lankesh, an editor of Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.