Police arrest hard-line Hindu activist for journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder

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The journalist was killed by the lone intruder in front of her house when she returned from the office of her tabloid on September 5 a year ago. The SIT had Naveen ride a bicycle in its guardianship.

The advocate, Virendra Ichalkaranjikar, who is head of the Sanstha-linked Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad, was part of a press conference of Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on the Gauri Lankesh case in September past year. The locals in the area are reported to have said that they have heard of Naveen and his organisation, but it was no different from other Hindu fringe groups that has sprung up over the last few years. However, after Naveen's arrest, he has gone underground. "/ Arrested by the Karnataka police earlier for his alleged involvement of killing Journalist-Activist Gauri br / Lankesh in the city previous year". The SIT is expected to take Kumar to places he is suspected to have visited as part of the conspiracy.

The accused hails from Birur town in Chikmagalur district, about 250 km west of Bengaluru, the police said. 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. The court, however, granted him bail in the arms case. Naveen's family has kept up that he is pure and not the slightest bit associated with the case.

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

The police officer said Kumar has been apprehended on Friday on suspicion of providing weapons used to kill Lankesh.

Naveen had with him over 15 rounds of cartridges of.32 calibre.He was taken into custody for questioning and later a case was filed with the jurisdictional Upparpet police under Sections 3 and 25 of the Arms Act.

Police are trying to verify whether Kumar was seen on CCTV cameras conducting a recce on a motorcycle around the journalist-activist's home the day she was shot down.

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