The man who was arrested for the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru last year,has confessed that he killed Gauri Lankesh. He describe the reason,”Gauri Lankesh as she was anti-Hindu.” The man, KT Naveen Kumar, is allegedly an arms dealer who also admitted to a plot to kill a known rationalist, Professor KS Bhagawan.
Prof Bhagawan was given police protection after the murder of rationalist MM Kalburgi in 2015 in Dharwad, around 400 km from Bengaluru. Naveen Kumar’s 12-page statement is part of a charge-sheet filed by the police nine months after the senior journalist was shot dead just outside her house in Bengaluru. The charge-sheet lists 131 points as evidence and also includes a route map prepared by the killers, who recced Gauri Lankesh’s home from multiple angles before the hit.
According to the police, Naveen Kumar is a member of a pro-Hindu outfit and founded the Hindu Yuva Sene in 2014. A student of commerce, he dropped out of college in Mysore reportedly after being influenced by right-wing ideology. He is also an alleged illegal arms dealer.