Five key suspects in the murder of scribe Gauri Lankesh are linked to Goa-based right-wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha, according to an Indian Express report. As per the report, four of these suspects have Interpol red-corner notices against their names for their alleged involvement in Madgaon bomb blast that took place in 2009.
The fiving missing persons are — Limkar, 34, from Kolhapur; Jayaprakash alias Anna, 45, from Mangalore; Sarang Akolkar, 38, from Pune; Rudra Patil, 37, from Sangli and Vinay Pawar, 32, from Satara. These suspects are being investigated by Karnataka Police’s Special Investigation Team as part of its probe into journalist’s murder.
It must be noted that names of Rudra Patil, Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar had emerged during the probe into murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi as well. Limkar, Anna, Akolkar and Patil are suspects in Madgaon bomb blast too, which shook the town in October 2015. To members of Sanathan Sanstha were killed while transporting IED that was to be planted at a Diwali program in Madgaon. Interpol had issued a red-corner notice against these four men after National Investigation Agency (NIA) listed their name among its most wanted suspects.
Journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was gunned down outside her Bengaluru residence on September 5. According to the police, three armed assailants were waiting outside her house and fired three rounds at her, the moment she emerged from her car, leading to her death. The murder sparked outrage across the country with people demanding justice for the slain journalist.
Sanatan Sanstha had earlier denied any involvement in Lankesh’s murder and had demanded an ‘unbiased probe’ into the incident. The organisation had said that their volunteers would “co-operate with any probe as required by law.”
Meanwhile, Karnataka SIT has said that good progress has been achieved in the probe of the case so far.