Bengaluru, Jul 23: The Special Investigation Team probing journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case said today it has arrested two more suspects. The two--Amit Raghavendra Baddi and Ganesh Miski-- both residents of Hubballi, were arrested yesterday, special investigating officer M N Anucheth told PTI.
He said they were produced before a metropolitan court, which remanded them in SIT custody till August 6 for further investigation. Anucheth did not disclose their role in the crime.
However, some police sources said Baddi and Miski had helped in recceing the area before Lankesh was shot dead on September 5 last year. Baddi was said to be a goldsmith by profession, while Miski was into the incense stick manufacturing business.
Nine suspects have been arrested in the case so far. Lankesh was shot dead right in front of her Rajarajeshwari Nagar residence in Bengaluru. Besides Baddi and Miski, the SIT has arrested KT Naveen Kumar, Amol Kale, Amit Degwekar, Parashuram Waghmare, Sujith Kumar, Manohar Edave and Mohan Naik. Waghmare had allegedly shot dead Lankesh.
Lankesh, a Left-leaning journalist-activist was said to have raised the hackles of the Hindu right with her strong views against hardline Hindutva. Police suspect their involvement in the killing of rationalist M M Kalburgi in Karnataka's Dharwad. It is also trying to ascertain if they had any role in the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and CPI leader Govind Pansare in Maharashtra.