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SIT to bringing accused in Gauri Lankesh’s murder to Goa to establish links with Sanatan Sanstha

A Bengaluru city court gave the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka police investigating Gauri Lankesh’s murder five-day additional custody of the suspect arrested last week to take him to locations in Goa and Belgaum, where he had allegedly gone as part of the conspiracy to carry out the journalist-activist’s killing.

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.

Assistant public prosecutor Nirmala Rani told the court that additional custody is required to take Kumar to places in Goa and Belgaum district in north Karnataka to unravel the murder conspiracy. She also told the court that Kumar and an associate, Praveen, who is yet to be detained, have been identified so far for involvement in the murder.

The SIT has indicated that the two were involved in scoping out Lankesh’s home, as also pointing it out to an unidentified assailant, wearing a helmet, who arrived at the gate of Lankesh’s house with an unidentified accomplice on a motorcycle on the evening of September 5 last year and shot her.

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