Maharashtra ATS gets custody of 2 linked to Gauri Lankesh murder

Mumbai, Sep 13: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has taken custody of the two suspects arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, from the special investigation team (SIT) of the Karnataka Police.
The accused, Bharat Kurne, 37, and Sujeeth Kumar, 37, were arrested by the SIT after their names were found in the diary of Amol Kale, said to be the second-in-command of the right-wing group involved in terror activities. They were produced before a special court and remanded in police custody till September 17.
But Maharashtra’s chief public prosecutor Jaysingh Desai argued Kurne and Kumar were linked to the group arrested for possession of arms and ammunition by the state ATS in Nalla Sopara in August.
“Investigation has revealed there were several plans hatched by this group and some were withdrawn. Kurne is one of the key members involved in the planning,” Desai told the court.