Republic TV has accessed sensational details of the chargesheet in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, specifically, a five-page statement by the wife of the first accused, Naveen Kumar.
As per Naveen's wife's statement, her husband had met with an accident, after which he became a Hindu hardliner. He began to believe that he should fight for the cause of Sanathana Dharma, she claimed, narrating a sequence of events where he brought home a gun and later worshipped the gun with his blood.
Naveen would frequent Goa in order to interact with a pro-Hindu organisation. He also took part in programmes of the Sanathana Sanstha in Karnataka's Shimoga and established the Hindu Yuva Sene in Mandya in the state.
As per sources, the police believes that Naveen had espoused hatred for anyone who was against Hinduism and believed that Gauri Lankesh wrote and spoke against Hindu Gods.
Further, the police states that it Naveen who had provided the weapon that was used by Gauri Lankesh's assailants to kill her at the porch of her Bengaluru house on the night of September 5, 2017. Accused number 2, Praveen, had stayed with Naveen days before the murder.
On May 29, the SIT that was probing the murder had arrested Praveen, a.k.a. Sachit Kumar, a native of Mangalore who had earlier been arrested in an Arms Act case as well. Naveen Kumar, meanwhile, had been arrested on March 9. At that time, they were alleged to have conducted reconnaissance near Gauri Lankesh's house in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
Republic TV had also accessed exclusive details of three suspects that were questioned by the SIT after being detained on May 21.
The trio, Amol Kale, Amit Degewekar and Manohar Adwe, all hail from Maharashtra and were booked under the Illegal Arms Act. They were produced at the 5th ACMM court and police custody was obtained for further questioning. During questioning a link was found to the Lankesh murder and based on the suspects' inputs, seven police teams were pursuing leads in Karnataka and other states.