Karnataka police arrested the sixth suspect in the murder case of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Gauri, was the Editor of Kannada weekly, “Lankesh Patrike” and was gunned down last year on 5th September outside her house.

Sixth Suspect Arrested

The 26-year-old suspect, Parashuram Waghmare, was arrested from Sindagi town in Vijayapura district. He was produced before the 3rd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and was taken to 14 days of police custody for further interrogation.  

According to media reports, Waghmare was hired and even, trained to kill Lankesh. He confessed that, “I was told in May 2017 that I had to kill someone to save my religion. I agreed and I didn’t know who the victim was. Now I feel that I should not have killed the woman”.

“I was told in May 2017 that I had to kill someone to save my religion. I agreed and I didn’t know who the victim was. Now I feel that I should not have killed the woman”

“I was again taken to Gauri Lankesh’s house in the evening, by the same biker who had taken me the previous day. I was told that I had to finish the job that day. But Gauri had returned from work by then and was inside her house,” he reportedly confessed to the SIT.

On 5th September the murderer got ready to complete his task. He equipped himself with a gun at around 4 pm and,  “We arrived at the right time. Lankesh had stopped her car in front of the gate and was opening it from inside when I approached her. I coughed lightly and she turned towards me. I pumped four bullets into her”, Waghmare said.

Special Investigation Team

The SIT (Special Investigation Team) had earlier arrested five people in connection with the case. They were named as KT Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja, Manohar Edve, Sujeeth Kumar alias Praveen, Amit Degvekar and Manohar Edve.

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