Gauri Lankesh murder case: Police takes ‘Hindu Yuva Sena’ Founder into custody, probe on

Bengaluru (Karnataka): The Karnataka Police has taken a suspected accused KT Naveen Kumar into police custody for questioning in connection with the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh. According to media reports, Naveen was caught by the crime wing of the state police’s central crime branch on February 18.

According to the report published in The Quint, KT Naveen Kumar is a native of Mandya district, South Karnataka. He presently resides in Chikmagalur. It is also reported that he is the founder of Hindu Yuva Sena.

Earlier, a news channel had reported that a person had been held in connection with the case and was taken into custody for investigation. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), West Bengaluru, negating it, said, “This is false. No arrests have been done by the SIT.”

Police had later released sketches of two suspects and asked for public help to put a name to their faces but there hadn’t been much of a headway. A reward of Rs. 10 lakh had also been announced for leads that lead to the arrest of the murderers.

Gauri was shot dead by unknown by assailants outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5, last year. She was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid known for “anti-establishment” views. Following her murder, several protests, across the country and especially in prominent parts of Karnataka, had taken place.

With inputs from ANI