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Gauri Lankesh case: One more in SIT custody

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The Special Investigation Team probing the killing of journalist-activist Lankesh has taken into custody one more person in connection with the case.

Sources in the SIT said Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, who was arrested from Pune by the Anti-Terrorism Squad in August in connection with the seizure of a huge cache of explosives, was brought here Friday on transit remand.

He was produced in a local court which remanded him in police custody for 14 days.

With this, 14 suspects have been arrested in the case.

A native of Satara, Gondhalekar has confessed to his role in the Lankesh killing, SIT sources said.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad of police had arrested three members of a suspected right-wing outfit, including Gondhalekar, in August and seized a huge quantity of explosives, including crude bombs.

The ATS had said they would be questioned about all the cases in which the involvement of right-wing extremists was suspected, including the Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and (journalist) Lankesh killings.

Left leaning Lankesh, who was strongly opposed to Hindutva, was shot dead on September 5 last year by two motorcycle-borne assailants near her house here, triggering outrage.

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First Published: Sat, September 08 2018. 19:55 IST