Bengaluru, July 20: The Special Investigation Team working on the Gauri Lankesh murder case has arrested the seventh suspect, media reports quoted a senior police official as saying on Friday. “Mohan Nayak, 50, was arrested from Dakshin Kannada district of Karnataka,” SIT investigating officer MN Ancheth told PTI here. Nayak was arrested on July 18 and produced in the Third Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court which sent him to six-day police custody, he added. (Also read: Arrested Sanstha Man Acted as Channel For Funds)
In June, 26-year-old Parashuram Waghmare was held from Sindhagi in Vijaypura district of the state. Initially, five arrests had been made by the SIT; of KT Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, Amol Kale, Manohar Edve, Sujeeth Kumar alias Praveen and Amit Degvekar. Naveen Kumar is from Maddur in Mandya district of Karnataka, while Kale and Degvekar are from Maharashtra. Edve and Sujeeth Kumar are also from Karnataka.
Naveen Kumar had founded the Hindu Yuva Sena. The other four were arrested for planning to kill Kannada writer KS Bhagawan, also known for his anti-Hindutva stand. It was during the probe in this case that police suspected them for Lankesh’s killing as well. Lankesh was shot dead right outside her house on September 5 last year.
Meanwhile, the diary recovered from Kale made some major revelations. It revealed not only the plans of killing the senior journalist but also gave details about 36 others who were on target. According to a media report, most of the targets for assassination mentioned in the diary were from Maharashtra whereas 10 were from Karnataka.
Sources said that the diary was written in code and also talked about 50 potential shooters from the two states which were to be recruited to carry out the operations. Several of these were being trained in use of guns, pistols, air guns in Belgaum, Hubli and Pune.