An activist linked to a fringe group called the Hindu Yuva Sena, Kumar hails from Maddur town in Mandya district, 100km from Bangalore en route to Mysore. "As this case seems to have political or ideological connections, we want to record the statements of Naveen Kumar, who has been arrested in the case, through narco analysis and brain mapping".
THE special investigation team (SIT) probing the Gauri Lankesh murder case, feels there are many questions that need answers - including from where the live bullets and revolver were obtained.
This content is restricted to site members. In SIT's custody, Kumar is said to have provided investigators inputs about the route taken by him to spy on Gauri Lankesh's home on the day of the murder and to show her home to the killers.
The SIT took Kumar into its custody after informing a magistrate's court in Bengaluru on March 2 that it had found evidence of his involvement in the Lankesh murder in the course of the investigation of the case where he was arrested on February 18. The shooter and his accomplice reportedly took a route from Nayandahalli towards PES College campus and then took a right turn to reach the rear side of Gauri's residence at Ideal Home Layout from where they positioned themselves to ambush Gauri when she returned home from work.
On Saturday, the SIT officials met in Criminal Investigations Department (CID) office to discuss the future course of the probe. "It is too early to divulge his role in the conspiracy and crime", said senior SIT sources. The SIT had Naveen ride a bike in its custody.
The advocate, Virendra Ichalkaranjikar, who is head of the Sanstha-linked Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad, was part of a press conference of Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on the Gauri Lankesh case in September past year. "We are not even sure whether Praveen is his real name or not, but we have some definite clues, and efforts are on to track him down", a senior police officer said.
Kumar's police custody has been extended until 13 March while the next hearing in the case will be on Tuesday (12 March).