Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT custody of accused KT Naveen Kumar extended by 5 days

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 09, 2018, 11:51 AM(IST)

File photo of Gauri Lankesh. Photograph:( Facebook )

The Bengaluru Magistrate Court has sent the first accused, KT Naveen Kumar, in the Gauri Lankesh Murder case to a five-day custody to Special Investigation Team. 

The Karnataka SIT took into custody the accused on March 3 after he was found with more than 15 rounds of cartridges of the .32 calibre. 

He was caught by the crime wing of the Karnataka police's central crime branch on February 18.

The police are now planning to conduct a lie detector test on Kumar.

He is also reported to have links with right-wing groups such as Sanatan Sanstha outfit and its affiliate Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.

Kumar is also suspected to have links in the shooting of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare. 


Gauri Lankesh was shot outside her Bengaluru home on the evening of September 5. 

She edited the anti-establishment Gauri Lankesh Patrike. 

Her killing was very similar to the earlier killings of the rationalists and activists Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar, and MM Kalburgi who were equally critical of the right wing.

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