Gauri Lankesh killed for ‘anti-Hindu views’: charge sheet
Wife claims first accused K.T. Naveen Kumar was associated with ‘Sanatan Dharma Sanstha’
The charge sheet in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, a copy of which is with The Hindu, says the journalist and activist was killed for her ‘anti-Hindu views’.
“The accused were angry with her for speaking against Hindu dharma, Gods of Hindu dharma and insulting Hindu dharma,” said the Special Investigation Team in the 651-page charge sheet against K.T. Naveen Kumar, the first accused in the case.
However, the confession statements of Naveen Kumar and statements of his three friends from Maddur, made before a magistrate, have not been made public. According to sources, this was done on request by the SIT for fear that the publication of the statements would tip off other accused who are still at large.
‘On Dasara, he offered pooja to the pistol’
Though the charge sheet is silent on the organisational affiliations of Naveen Kumar, his wife Roopa C. N., a Group D employee with KPTCL in Birur, in her statement to the SIT, said he was associated with the ‘Sanatan Dharma Sanstha’ mostly in 2017.
In her statement, Ms. Roopa said that her husband took her for a programme in Shivamogga in 2017 where he introduced her to people from Sanatan Dharma Sanstha. He had procured a pistol and a few bullets, about three months before Dasara. When she complained, he said they were ‘dummy’ bullets to scare away monkeys.
“On Dasara festival, he offered pooja to the pistol,” her statement read.
Ms. Roopa recalled Naveen Kumar inviting a person from Sanatan Dharma to their house after Dasara. He stayed overnight.
She claimed that her husband said he was one of 400 Hindu activists selected for a Dharma Shikshana Sammelana in Goa, which he attended. Two months later, he attended a similar programme in Hubballi.
At one point, he booked an appointment for her at Sanatan Ashram in Mangaluru. The day after they reached the ashram, she saw on TV that Gauri Lankesh had been murdered.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)
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