SIT arrests illegal arms dealer in Gauri Lankesh murder case

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DCP M N Anucheth, the investigating officer in the case, told PTI that Naveen has been named as an accused and arrested by the SIT for his alleged involvement in the Lankesh murder. It was at this time that the prosecutor handed over a sealed envelope to the court and elaborated that Naveen had been officially arrested by the SIT in the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

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VN Vedhmurthy, Naveen's lawyer said Naveen has claimed that he was arrested from Mandya and was not in Bengaluru on February 18. The government had set up the SIT to probe the journalist-activist's killing.

A special investigation team (SIT) of Karnataka Police formed to investigate and book the culprits of Gauri Lankesh murder case officially arrested KT Naveen Kumar. The police had been keeping him under electronic surveillance, and during his interrogation, it was revealed that Naveen was one of the suspects on the SIT's radar for months. The shooter and his accomplice reportedly took a route from Nayandahalli towards PES College campus and then took a right turn to reach the rear side of Gauri's residence at Ideal Home Layout from where they positioned themselves to ambush Gauri when she returned home from work.

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Accused K T Naveen Kumar, 37, an activist of Hindu Yuva Sena, and also associated with the Goa-headquartered radical Hindutva group Sanatan Sanstha, was produced before a city magistrate's court on Friday at the end of eight-day police custody. They said Naveen had been to Goa to attend a conference organised by Sanatan Sanstha. She edited the Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike. Despite denials by Sanatan Sanstha about its links to Naveen Kumar, a senior advocate linked to the Sanstha appeared in court on Friday on behalf of Kumar and assisted advocate Vedamurthy, who had earlier appeared for the accused. The police are now trying to force a statement out of him and are trying to fix him in the case, he contended. Naveen's family has maintained that he is innocent and in no way connected to the case.

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