Bengaluru: Right around nine months after the murder of journalist and social extremist Gauri Lankesh, the primary denounced captured for the incident– K T Naveen Kumar has admitted to killing Lankesh. Kumar additionally educated the police that he supplied bullets to a right-wing activist who disclosed to him they were for “Gauri Lankesh as she was hostile to Hindu,” as indicated by a report.
Prior, Kumar and another acccused Praveen, had admitted to issuing life threat letter to Mysuru-based rationalist writer Prof K S Bhagwan on September 9, 2015.
Kumar’s 12-page confession proclamation is a part of the first charge-sheet that was recorded by the Special Investigation Team in May 2018. The charge-sheet running into 650 pages was recorded under the steady gaze of a session court and incorporates 131 articulations.
The confession proclamation likewise incorporates a detailed route map leading to Gauri Lankesh’s house. Arranged by the killers, the map mentions different angles of the house that were taken into account before carrying out the attack.
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In any case, Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja has denied killing Lankesh. His family, as well, has kept up all through that he is innocent.
As indicated by the police, Naveen Kumar is a member from a master Hindu outfit and established the Hindu Yuva Sene in 2014. A commerce student, he dropped out of college in Mysore purportedly after being impacted by right wing ideology. He is additionally an asserted unlawful arms merchant.
In the confession submitted by the SIT, Naveen Kumar mentions that Praveen had disclosed to him he required bullets. But, Praveen tested the bullets and discovered them “futile”. He at that point connected with Kumar and said that he wanted to purchase better bullets.
He likewise disclosed to Kumar that these bullets were intended to execute Gauri Lankesh as she might have been “anti-Hindu”, as per the confession articulation.
According to Kumar’s statement to the police, he asserts that he tried to purchase new bullets however couldn’t get his hands on them and couldn’t speak with Praveen as he wasn’t using a cell phone.
It was just on September 5, the day Gauri Lankesh was killed, Naveen Kumar claims he went to Mangalore and learnt from the daily papers that the writer was killed.
The charge sheet supposedly includes telephone call records of Kumar discussing the professor’s murder.
Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot down with a 7.65 mm country made gun at her home in west Bengaluru on the night of September 5, 2017.