‘Impressed’ by Lankesh’s killing, accused was given second target: Police

Bengaluru : The conspirators behind the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh were impressed by the involvement of Hindu Yuva Sena leader KT Naveen Kumar in her murder, and had assigned him another killing task. The accused to kill tasked to kill outspoken writer-rationalist K S Bhagwan in Mysuru, investigations revealed.

According to media reports, Kumar was in the course of obtaining a gun to kill Bhagwan at the behest of co-conspirators when he was arrested on February 18, by the Bengaluru police for illegal possession of bullets, sources said.

He is suspected to have surveyed and pointed out Gauri Lankesh’s house to a group of killers who came from outside Karnataka to murder her. Gauri was killed outside her house in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.

The officials informed the media persons that Kumar will soon undergo a narco-analysis test to get to know his knowledge about the killing of Gauri Lankesh. He had consented to undergo narco-analysis when produced before a magistrate’s court in Bengaluru on Monday.

Kumar, in court last week, had refused to undergo the test despite giving his consent in police custody before witnesses.

The investigating officer in the case and Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), MN Anucheth said that the alleged murder plot to kill rationalist KS Bhagwan would now be pursued under sections of the Indian Penal Code for attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy case and not just an illegal arms case.
On March 2, the magistrate before whom Kumar was presented in connection with Gauri Lankesh murder case was given a sealed copy of a voluntary statement of Kumar.