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SIT: Handler, 4 teams plotted hit on Gauri

‘Took one year to carry out plan’

It took one year and four teams, led by a handler, to plan and carry out the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh on September 5, 2017, said sources in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case. The teams were assigned different tasks — from information gathering in the early stages to reconnoitre operations and intelligence gathering. “They were assigned tasks by the handler on a need-to-know basis. The fourth team carried out the hit,” said a source in the SIT.

On Thursday, the police interrogated both Amole Kale, 39, one of the accused in the case, and Parashuram Waghmore, 26, who was arrested earlier this week. Both men were questioned after Waghmore allegedly claimed that he had been tasked with carrying out the hit by Kale, who gave him a country-made pistol. “He claims that he returned the gun to Kale, but the men keep changing their statements,” said the SIT officer.

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