The inhumane killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh on September 5, 2017 which demeaned the freedom of speech approach by some fascists group of people.
Gauri Lankesh was shot with a 7.65 mm country-made pistol in the driveway of her home in west Bengaluru on the evening of September 5, 2017 by an unidentified man wearing a helmet. The suspect who rode the getaway motorcycle was also unidentified.
On the same incident, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probed it again and on friday i.e. february 18th they carried out its first arrest and the arrested person was K T Naveen Kumar, 37 by the Bengaluru Police for illegal possession of bullets, has been named as the first accused in the case.
The arrested Kumar being resident of Maddur in Mandya, and he got arrested when after informing magistrate’s court in Bengaluru that it had found evidence of his involvement in the Gauri Lankesh murder in the course of the investigation into the illegal arms case. Initially, a warrant was been issued against him then shortly after he was remanded in judicial custody in the illegal arms case — citing voluntary statements given by some of Kumar’s friends about his links to the Gauri Lankesh murder.
When Kumar was produced before the court of an additional chief metropolitan magistrate, the SIT gave the court a sealed copy of a confession statement given by him about his involvement in the murder. An assistant public prosecutor, Nirmala Rani, presented a remand plea to the court seeking police custody of Kumar for eight days in order to unearth the larger conspiracy and materials used in the crime.
Rani said that, “At present, only one accused has been named. Others will be added after investigations. This suspect was traced on the basis of CCTV footage,” The investigations in the Upparpet case show that Kumar, during conversations about guns and ammunition with some of his friends from Maddur, had alluded to his links to the murder of Gauri Lankesh. SIT officials have already questioned Kumar on a few occasions since his arrest on February 18.
After quite long investigations it was found that Kumar was linked to the radical Hindutva outfit called the Hindu Yuva Sena and that he is also allegedly linked to members of the Sanatan Sanstha outfit and its affiliate the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. He has been found in possession of more than 15 rounds of the cartridges of the .32 calibre, which are the same as the 7.65 mm cartridges.
By further investigation CCTV’s footage shows the physical structure of the man found conducting the recce in the CCTV footage has a close resemblance to that of Kumar. A forensic analysis of four empty cartridges and the four bullets fired to kill Gauri Lankesh has shown that markings on the bullets and cartridges match with markings found on the bullets and cartridges fired to kill the Kannada scholar and researcher M M Kalburgi, 77, in the northern Karnataka town of Dharwad on August 30, 2015. The forensic analysis suggests that Gauri Lankesh and scholar Kalburgi were shot with the same 7.65 mm pistol.
From the comparison of the ballistic evidence from the Gauri Lankesh and Kalburgi cases adds to existing forensic evidence from the shooting of the leftist thinker Govind Pansare, 81, in Kohlapur in Maharashtra on February 16, 2015 where the exact same 7.65 mm country-made gun used in the Kalburgi murder was found to have been used.