Bengaluru: Naveen Kumar, the suspect who is being investigated for his charged in connection with the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, has revealed that he had sourced the bullets from Uttar Pradesh.
According to SIT sources “He said a man from a neighbouring state assured him to get bullets from Uttar Pradesh for 1,000 each. As indicated by his statements, Naveen conspired to execute the journalist. We have sufficiently gathered material confirmation to demonstrate it in court. Naveen claims that it’s his first mission, however, we are not persuaded. It’s not an easy job for a first-timer to contact professional arms dealers and buy live bullets. Naveen is no beginner and this has made us presume his part in the Gauri case,”
Naveen Kumar the right-wing activist from Maddur in Karnataka’s Mandya region who is presently in the custody of the special investigation team (SIT), was caught from a KSRTC bus stop on February 18. Fifteen live bullets were seized from him. His striking resemblance to the CCTV footage of the biker roaming close to Gauri’s home on the day she was killed and two days before landed him in SIT custody.
A target practice camp is said to have organised by Naveen for four individuals in Kollegal forest, sources said they required more opportunity to remark on it. “Naveen claims that he was just going by a relative’s farmhouse in Kollegal. We are doing examinations at the forest and farmhouse,” another officer said.