Gauri murder case: Suspected accused taken into police custody

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, March 3:- A suspected accused K T Naveen Kumar has been taken into police custody for questioning in connection with the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.

According to media reports, Naveen was caught by the crime wing of the Karnataka Police’s Central Crime Branch (CCB)  on February 18.

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, 2017. 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 the state, had taken place.-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies) 

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