Two more persons were arrested from Hubballi by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday in the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

The SIT said the two had allegedly provided logistics support and also played a key role in destroying evidence. This comes shortly after the arrest of 50-year-old Mohan Naik, the seventh accused in the case.

Amit Baddi, 27, and Ganesh Miskin, 27, both from Hubballi, were picked up from their home town on Sunday. According to a source in the SIT, the arrests were made following information provided by Mohan Naik. The SIT produced Baddi and Miskin before the 3rd ACMM Court on Monday, which remanded them in 14 days police custody. The SIT officials interrogating Mohan Naik, Baddi, and Maskin said the arrest of the trio could help solve the case.

Sources in the SIT said Baddi and Miskin knew about the pistol and the bike used in the crime. The officers suspect that they destroyed the evidence after the arrest of Naveen Kumar in February this year.

Baddi, a small-time businessman-goldsmith, was nabbed after the interrogation of Mohan Naik, who reportedly revealed his role in the conspiracy.

Miskin runs a family business of manufacturing incense sticks. He was kept under surveillance, following which the police traced his calls to the alleged mastermind of the Gauri Lankesh murder — Amol Kale. The SIT is now questioning the duo to ascertain their exact role in the case.

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