Hindu hard-liner arrested for Indian journalist Lankesh's murder

Gauri Lankesh murder Main accused KT Naveen Kumar sent to 5-day SIT custody

Recently, the Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy assured that the SIT would soon reveal details on Kumar's detention.

K.T. Naveen Kumar was arrested on suspicion of supplying the weapons used to kill Lankesh, according to a senior police officer, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to media.

Lankesh, the Editor of "Lankesh Patrike", was shot dead by an unidentified man wearing a helmet while the suspect who rode the motorcycle was also not identitfied. The court has reserved it orders until 15 March on whether to allow a narco-analysis test.

In an interview to Reuters in 2015, the members of the Sanatan Sanstha said they were preparing for the advent of a divine Hindu kingdom in India.

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He also alleged that Naveen Kumar's arrest was "all politics" in the run-up to Karnataka Assembly polls.

Kumar was today produced before a court on Friday which remanded him in police custody in the Lankesh case till March 13 for further interrogation. Just because he was in possession of the book does not mean he had links to Sanathan Sanstha. Kumar has been in SIT custody since March 2.

Naveen also reportedly was familiar where Gauri Lankesh stayed in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar. The investigations in the Upparpet case has shown that Kumar, during conversations about guns and ammunition with some of his friends from Maddur, alluded to his links to the murder of Lankesh. After his marriage six years ago, Kumar moved to Birur in Chikmagalur district, where he helped organise several events for Hindutva groups.

A senior police officer said Kumar had conspired with his associate to kill Bhagwan.

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The Karnataka government later formed a 21-member SIT, led by Inspector General of Police B K Singh, to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders Yeddyurappa and Shobha Karandlaje have slammed the Congress and said that the party was framing Naveen in the Gauri Lankesh murder case because of his connections with Hindu outfits.

On Friday, a magistrate's court approved bail for Naveen Kumar in the Arms Act case.

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