Mumbai: Two including ex-corporator held for RTI activist’s murder

The shooter is suspected to have used a silencer, as Vira'a wife, who despite being in the house claimed that she did not hear anything, a police official involved in the probe said.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 17, 2016 5:49 pm
Bhupendra Vira, 60, was at home watching TV around 9 pm when the killer fired from outside the house, the bullet piercing the right temple. (Source: Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar) Bhupendra Vira, 60, was at home watching TV around 9 pm when the killer fired from outside the house, the bullet piercing the right temple. (Source: Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Two persons, including a former corporator, were arrested this morning by Mumbai Police in connection with the murder of a 60-year-old RTI activist.

“Amjad Khan (53) and his father Razzaq Khan (78) were arrested today morning on charges of murder of Bhupendra Vira. Razzak was earlier a corporator in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. It looks like a land dispute led to the Khans killing Vira,” Mumbai Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe told PTI.

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Razzaq Khan is former corporator of Congress from Santacruz area.

Vira, who had been fighting against land mafia, unauthorized structures and encroachments in and around Kalina, was shot dead at point blank range on Saturday night when he was watching TV at his residence in suburban Santacruz.

The shooter is suspected to have used a silencer, as Vira’a wife, who despite being in the house claimed that she did not hear anything, a police official involved in the probe said.

Police had earlier said they were inquiring if Vira had approached them with any complaint – that he faced threat to his life.

The activist is survived by a daughter and two sons.

Social activist and former AAP leader Anjali Damania, who had worked with Vira, yesterday said he was attached to ‘Voice of Kalina’, an advanced locality management (ALM) body and a citizen’s group.

Describing him as committed social worker, Damania had said, “Vira along with other members of the ALM were fighting against encroachments, illegal structures and land mafia in and around Kalina by filing RTIs. He had written several letters to authorities including, Lokayukta, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and police, seeking action against illegal structures.”

According to her, several activists had received threats and many of them, including Vira, had filed several complaints at Vakola police station in this regard.

She said that on Saturday morning, Vira had persuaded the BMC authorities to issue four notices to a local goon living in the same area.

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    Kaliyug
    Oct 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm
    Typical Muslim actions against Hindus, they are bullies and do deplorable things. No wonder no one wants them in their midst.
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      Joseph R Stephen
      Oct 17, 2016 at 9:27 am
      Failure of BJP governments everywhere is leading to this tragic deaths of RTI activits who are the voice of poor and suppressed.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The government has not taken any steps to protect this RTI activists, despite many murders in the past.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is like India needs a HI and Sardar Patel every day to move forward fro the shackles of corrupt politicians.
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        Lalu
        Oct 17, 2016 at 9:33 am
        Is it BJP' failure? Look at the names of the people arrested. Your comments are full of deceit and are intended to attack BJP and nothing else.
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          Mayur Panghaal
          Oct 17, 2016 at 9:36 am
          BJP MP Dinu Solanki was arrested in Guj for murder of RTI activist Amit Jethwa...this after guj police gave him clean chit and his parents approached CBI.
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            Not a
            Oct 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm
            This is the legacy of the dynastic mai-baap party across India. This party has over run its lifespan. It is time it is eradicated from the Indian political scene. Next elections vote against congress. Vote anyone but congress. no more rajashahi, no more slavery
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              Ram Lowertapi
              Oct 17, 2016 at 8:43 am
              Are we abandoning fedaralism? GST is one nail into the coffin and this move may be another.
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                Ramesh
                Oct 17, 2016 at 10:08 am
                I am not BJP man. But where does BJP comes into picture here ? Accused are Congressmen and known criminals. Why Congress should not be blamed instead for harboring such criminal elements for political gains ?
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                  SHEKAR
                  Oct 17, 2016 at 10:19 am
                  Maharashtra Government is doing NOTHING TO PREVENT ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, BUILDNGS, HAWKERS, PARKINGS,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BEFORE ELECTIONS POLITICIANS ARE PROMISNG SO MANY THINGS BUTNOTHING IS DONE. OH MY GOD SAVE MAHARASTHRA, THE MOST CORRUPT STATE OF INDIA.
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                    Sanjeev Singal
                    Oct 17, 2016 at 9:56 am
                    Equation of Arun Shourie (Einstein of Indian politics.)lt;br/gt;. lt;br/gt;BJP = CONGRESS (PLUS) COWlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But, above theory is contested by other scientists as under :lt;br/gt;. lt;br/gt;BJP = CORRUPTION (PLUS) MURDER
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                      Makes Sense
                      Oct 17, 2016 at 8:48 am
                      If a this corporator belong to BJP, the headline would be 'Ex-corporator from BJP and one another held for RTI activist’s murder'.
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                        Neha Tandon
                        Oct 17, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                        Waah beta. Malda is Mamta and TMC's fault. But crime in Maharashtra cannot be blamed on the govt in power?
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