Some of them are likely to have been given arms training as well,” said a source with the Special Investigation Team that is probing the murder of Gauri. Sources confirmed that the Internal Security Division (ISD) of the Karnataka police had taken over the probe into their activities.

“Our probe shows that he has recruited nearly 50 to 60 Hindutva fundamentalists across Karnataka. To date, we have identified only around 25 to 30 recruits. We have made a dossier with their profiles and submitted the intelligence to agencies concerned for suitable action,” said a senior SIT official. He added that the recruits were not linked to the Gauri murder case, and hence it was beyond their brief to probe into their activities.

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