He is reportedly protecting the main accused in the murder

news Monday, May 30, 2016 - 20:01

Close to two months after RTI activist Vinayak Baliga’s murder, Mangaluru police have arrested another person linked to the main accused Naresh Shenoy.

Manju Neereshwallya was arrested on Thursday, however the investigating team official announced his arrest only on Sunday, The Hindu reported.

He has reportedly been accused of protecting Shenoy, who is the founder of district NaMo brigade.

Fifty-one-year-old Vinayak was attacked by assailants with lethal weapons when he was on his way to the temple on March 21. His family and friends allege that he had made powerful enemies because he had unearthed alleged financial irregularities in the management of a temple and also alleged violations by prominent builders in the coastal city. Police found a large number of documents in Vinayak’s house.

However, the motive of the murder is still unclear.

In April, the second additional district and sessions court had rejected Shenoy’s plea for anticipatory bail.

The police had earlier arrested four accused Vineet Poojary, Nishit Devadiga, Shivaprasad, and Shailesh. 

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