Bengaluru, Sep 30: Parashuram Waghmare, the man accused of killing Gauri Lankesh, has blamed on Saturday SIT that the police officers had offered hism Rs.25 lakh to confess the crime. Both Waghmare and Edave were rasied this blame while talking to the journalists through the police vehicle which was on its way to the Central Prison from the court.
Waghmare, along with another suspect Manohar Edave and 11 other accused, were produced before the court by the CID on Saturday. While being taken away, Waghmare alleged that the sleuths had also tortured him for a week and threatened to fix his brothers in other cases if he did not confess.
Both Waghmare and Edave were questioned by journalists through the police vehicle which was on its way to the Central Prison from the court. The video of their statement went viral in the social media on Saturday.
In the video, Waghmare can be heard saying, “I was offered Rs 25-30 lakh by an officer when I was being interrogated. The officials convinced me that the money would help my family members. Otherwise, they threatened that they would fix my brothers and friends. During eight days of interrogation, they forced me to sign blank papers. While video recording my statement, the officials told me exactly what I had to tell.”
But B K Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police who heads the SIT, rejected the allegations made by Waghmare and Edave as baseless. Some blamed that the Gauri Killers are playing the victim card.