Gauri Lankesh

People stage a demonstration in protest of the murder of journalist-turned-activist Gauri Lankesh at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi Sept. 7, 2017. Lankesh, who was editor of the weekly Kannada magazine, Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead at her residence Sept. 5, 2017. A Karnataka Police Special Investigation Team is questioning a man in connection with her death. (IANS photo)

BENGALURU — A 37-year-old man arrested under the Arms Act for illegal possession of ammunition is being questioned in connection with the murder of Kannada magazine editor Gauri Lankesh nearly six months ago, police said March 2.

"K.T. Naveen Kumar was taken into custody by a Special Investigation Team of the Karnataka Police," SIT Investigating Officer M.N. Anucheth told IANS here.

Kumar, who hails from Birur town in the Chikmagalur district, about 250 km west of here, was booked by the city police Feb. 19 under the Arms Act for illegal possession of 15 revolver bullets, Anucheth said.

Kumar was remanded to Crime Branch custody, which ended March 2. 

"Based on certain clues provided by him, the SIT took him into custody for further questioning and investigation," he said.

Lankesh, 55, the editor of "Lankesh Patrike," was shot dead outside her residence in the city's southwestern suburb by unidentified assailants Sept. 5 last year by unidentified men. Of the seven bullets fired, three hit Lankesh – two in the chest and one in the forehead.

The state government had set up the SIT to probe the journalist-activist's killing. 

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