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Gauri Lankesh murder probe: SIT makes another arrest

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh made another arrest on Tuesday. According to some sources, the suspect, Parashuram Wagmare was taken into custody. It was also reported that Wagmare was allegedly trying to plan another killing in a manner similar to the murder of Lankesh.

Wagmare was arrested from Sindagi, Karnataka, and has been sent to police custody for 14 days for further interrogation.

The custody of four people in SIT in connection with Gauri Lankesh murder was extended by four days by the III Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court on Monday.As the custody of accused Sujith Kumar alias Praveen and three suspects — Amol Kale alias Bhaisaab, Amit Degwekar alias Pradeep Mahajan and Manohar Dundappa Yadave alias Manoj — ended on Monday, they were produced before the court in the evening.

Sources in the SIT earlier told a news source that the same gun was used to kill Lankesh and rationalist MM Kalburgi in Karnataka. Kalburgi, 77, was shot dead at his home on 30 August, 2015, in Dharwad, Lankesh, 55, was killed on 5 September, 2017 in Bengaluru. The SIT members had mentioned  the same gun theory but this is the first time it has openly contended that Kalburgi’s murder was the handiwork of the same gang that killed Lankesh.

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