India Karnataka police arrests sixth suspect in Gauri Lankesh murder case

19:15  12 june  2018
19:15  12 june  2018 Source:   indianexpress.com

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Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 5. Karnataka Police today arrested an arms dealer, who allegedly sold arms to the killers of journalist Gauri Lankesh . SIT will be further probing his role in the murder .

Six months after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh , Karnataka police on Friday arrested a man said to be linked with a right-wing radical group for his suspected involvement in the sensational killing. The special investigation team, probing the murder

a man sitting in front of a window: Gauri Lankesh who was shot dead in Bengaluru in September last year (File) © express web desk Gauri Lankesh who was shot dead in Bengaluru in September last year (File)

Karnataka Police on Tuesday arrested another suspect in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh but denied speculation about him being the assassin.

26-year-old Parashuram Waghmare was held from Sindhagi in Vijaypura district and produced before the 3rd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court in Bengaluru, said the police. Waghmare was remanded to SIT custody for 14 days for further interrogation, an official release said.

This was the sixth arrest in the case. Lankesh, who was shot dead in front of her house here on September 5 last year, was known for her strong views against hardline Hindutva.

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Bengaluru: Highlights. KT Naveen Kumar's arrest comes 6 months after Gauri Lankesh 's murder . He was taken into questioning by SIT a week ago. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home on September 5 last year.

Police so far has released three sketches related to Gauri Lankesh 's murder case . Last month, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that killers would be nabbed '100 per cent' in a few weeks.

However, Inspector General of Police B K Singh, who heads the SIT, said that nothing has emerged during the probe so far to suggest that Waghmare had shot Lankesh. "No. That thing has not come in our investigation," he said amid speculation in the media that Waghmare could be the assassin.

"His role in the conspiracy and other details will be revealed later as it would affect the investigation at this stage," the SIT release said.

Waghmare was believed to have links to right wing groups.

Earlier, the SIT had arrested five people-- K T Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, Amol Kale, Manohar Edve, Sujeeth Kumar alias Praveen and Amit Degvekar.

Naveen Kumar is from Maddur in Mandya district of Karnataka, while Kale and Degvekar are from Maharashtra. Edve and Sujeeth Kumar are also from Karnataka. Naveen, who had founded the Hindu Yuva Sena, was the first to be caught in Bengaluru while attempting to sell ammunition.

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