BANGALORE: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, on Thursday, arrested absconding accused Rushikesh Devdikar, said an ANI report.
Devdikar, 44, was arrested from his hideout at Katras area in Jharkhand's Dhanbad district. He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate on Friday.
He was primarily involved in the conspiracy to murder Lankesh. Originally from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Devdikar was hiding in a house in Katras. He is accused number 18 in the case.
Gauri Lankesh, a left-leaning journalist, was shot dead on September 5, 2017 outside her house by a member of a gang that apparently planned to kill her after being inspired by a book brought out by right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha that had identified Lankesh as a 'durjan' (evil person).
A few of the arrested allegedly have links to the Sanatan Sanstha and its allied outfit Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. Investigators said that the gang had also prepared a list of people whom they wanted to kill. The list included noted playwright Girish Karnad and rationalist KS Bhagawan.
The SIT had found that Gauri Lankesh was killed after a conspiracy was hatched by members of a right-wing group, which is also accused of killing rationalist MM Kalburgi.