Parshuram Waghmore, who is linked to Sri Rama Sene, was arrested on June 11 by the SIT from his home in Sindhagi in Vijayapura in north Karnataka.
“Hindutva organisations have formed a group of 60 people from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and other parts of the country to target activists and intellectuals who do not agree with their radical views,” Megha Pansare told.
The house where Waghmare was kept was rented by a man associated with Sanatan Sanstha and let out for a few days to “friends’’ who have emerged as the main suspects in the murder plot, the SIT has found.
On June 12, the high court had issued notices to the Karnataka government, state police chief and police officials
concerned in the matters. It had also directed the police to ensure that the accused were not ill-treated.
An official from the SIT said the team wanted to find out if Rakesh Math was involved in Lankesh’s murder and whether he “brainwashed” Waghmare to participate in the crime.
The investigations have found that Parshuram Ashok Wagmare was given training in firing guns in Karnataka and Maharashtra before being chosen to carry out the Lankesh murder.
The SIT has recovered a diary from the suspects with entries in Devanagari script. The diary has the names of these personalities, known for their strong views against hardline Hindutva, who were to be targeted, according to sources.
A Special Investigation Team, probing the murder, submitted a statement from Wagmare admitting his involvement in the shooting of Gauri Lankesh.
This was the sixth arrest in the case. Lankesh, who was shot dead in front of her house here on September 5 last year, was known for her strong views against hardline Hindutva.
Investigations have found that a Bengaluru-based co-ordinator of HJS, Mohan Gowda, allegedly put key accused, K T Naveen Kumar, in touch with this Sanstha unit in the planning phase of the Lankesh murder.
According to police, Kale is suspected to be a key figure in a covert activities unit that picks radical-minded cadre from various right-wing outfits. Parag Gokhale, an HJS activist from Pune, said, “Kale used to work with HJS, but he is not active for the last few years.”
Despite consistent denials by Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), of any association with the accused in the murder case, there has been an increasing amount of circumstantial links between the groups and arrested people.
This year eight of the 18 journalists added to the memorial are women. “Gauri Lankesh, 55, was known throughout India for her outspoken articles against the caste system and Hindu fundamentalism,” Newseum said in its brief description about her.
Maintaining notes on surveillance, using fake names and feature phones and multiple SIM cards and handsets — here’s what the four men arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh did to hide their identities.
A fourth person, Sujeet Kumar alias Praveen, 37, from Karnataka, also arrested in the Bhagwan case and already named as an accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder, was also formally named by the SIT as an accused.