A Hindu Janajagruti Samiti activist, whose rented house on the outskirts of Bengaluru was used as shelter by several people accused of killing journalist Gauri Lankesh on September 5 last year, was arrested on Thursday by a Special Investigation Team of the Karnataka Police.
Suresh Kumar (37), a native of Kunigal region associated with the Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate HJS, was earlier being treated as a witness in the murder case.
The SIT moved to arrest Suresh on Wednesday after fresh evidence in the case revealed his complicity in the crime, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) S V Vadavadagi told a court where Suresh was produced Thursday. The SPP told the court that Suresh destroyed materials like helmets and clothes used by the suspects for the murder and he was also involved in meetings to further the plot to kill the journalist outside her home in west Bengaluru.
Suresh, a building contractor, came on the SIT’s radar soon after the arrest of Amol Kale (37) and three others linked to the Sanatan Sanstha and HJS in May. Suresh is among 11 people arrested so far for involvement in the murder.
The SIT has also found that Suresh knew about the entire team involved in the murder and the movement of the weapon used for the act, but he did not reveal the facts known to him during earlier stages of the
A magistrate’s court on Thursday sent Suresh to one-day judicial custody and directed the SIT to press for police custody before a regular magistrate.