Six months after journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Thursday arrested a man said to be linked with a right-wing radical group in connection with the case. This is the first arrest made in the case.
The accused KT Naveen Kumar was initially arrested by the Karnataka police for illegally possessing five bullets. After interrogation, he was taken into eight-days custody by the SIT for suspected links in the Lankesh murder case. While Naveen’s family pleads innocence, Kumar is said to be allegedly involved with Sanatan Sanstha, which has been linked to the shooting of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.
Investigations have shown that Kumar, during conversations about guns and ammunition with friends in Maddur, alluded to his links with the Lankesh murder.