A day after SIT hinted at right-wing fringe outfit Sri Ram Sene’s link with arrested Gauri Lankesh’s killer, Republic TV has now accessed an undated picture of the accused, Parshuram Vaghmore, with the chief of Rashtriya Hindu Sena, Pramod Muthalik. Rashtriya Hindu Sena is the parent organisation of the Sri Ram Sena.
As per initial reports, the picture was shot sometime in the year 2012 in the district Vijaypura in northern Karnataka, from where Vaghmore hails. It is believed that the accused was associated with Shri Ram Sene until a few years ago, after which he was not actively involved with the organisation but worked with various pro-Hindu movements.
Earlier on Tuesday, the SIT that is probing the September 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh arrested her alleged killer Parshuram Vaghmore. The Special Investigating Team (SIT) of Karnataka police probing Lankesh's killing said it has arrested 26-year-old Parashuram Vaghmore from Sindhagi in Vijaypura district of the state.
Vaghmore was produced before the 3rd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court in Bengaluru which remanded him in SIT custody for 14 days for further interrogation, an official release said.
As per reports, the revolver used in the murder has still not recovered.
Earlier, five persons-K T Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, Amol Kale, Manohar Edve, Sujeeth Kumar alias Praveen and Amit Degvekar were arrested in connection with the case.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.
On June 5, Gauri Lankesh's brother Indrajit Lankesh demanded a 360-degree investigation in connection to his sister's murder case.