A 37-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in Bengaluru nearly six months ago, the police said on Friday.
"K.T. Naveen Kumar was taken into custody by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Karnataka Police for questioning," DCP MN Anucheth who is part of the SIT told IANS.
He is the founding member of Hindu Yuva Sene.
Speaking with TNM, the senior cop said that Naveen was caught in possession of .32 calibre gun with 15 live bullets near Cottonpet. He was nabbed when he was attempting to sell the weapon.
According to sources, Naveen is the person who had driven the killer to the crime scene. They also have enough evidence to prove that Naveen was in RR Nagar on September 3 and September 5, claimed the source.
The source also claimed that the police will show sketches of the four-member team suspected to be involved in the killing of MM Kalburgi.
Naveen is being questioned as police suspect he had links with the murderers and gave them shelter.
Lankesh, 55, the Editor of "Lankesh Patrike", was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluruâ€™s southwestern suburb by unidentified assailants on September 5, 2017.
The state government had set up the SIT to probe the journalist-activist's killing.
On February 24, officers of the Organised Crime Wing of the Central Crime Branch (CCB), Bengaluru police had first arrested Naveen Kumar.
A case had been booked against Naveen under the Arms Act.
(With IANS inputs)