SIT to probe Naveen's 'links' with ultra-right

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Subsequently, after interrogation, he was taken into eight days custody by SIT for suspected links in the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

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

KT Naveen Kumar's arrest on Friday is an indication that he is no more just a person of interest in the case and that there is scope for more details to unravel.

Indian police arrested a member of a hard-line Hindu group on Friday for the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh late previous year, officials said. The SIT had Naveen ride a bicycle in its guardianship. A case under the Arms Act was then registered against him and he was remanded to judicial custody by a court.

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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.

On Saturday, the SIT officials met in Criminal Investigations Department (CID) office to discuss the future course of the probe. "That number is given at the time of chargesheet", a senior SIT official said, requesting not to be named. The bullet that killed Gauri was manufactured in 2009, said police without divulging further information."At this moment, all we can say is Naveen knew about Gauri's killing before September 5, 2017". 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. The court did not consider the police's plea to include charges of attempt to murder and conspiracy in the case since investigations had revealed that Kumar was allegedly at advanced stage of executing the killing of K S Bhagawan, an outspoken writer, rationalist and critic of some Hindu religious beliefs.

Naveen reportedly came to Bengaluru from Mandya a couple of days before the murder to collect the package. Naveen's family has maintained that he is innocent and in no way connected to the case.

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