Bhupendra Vira, the Vakola resident who was allegedly killed by a former corporator and his son for filing multiple RTI queries against them, was shot by the firearm recovered from the accused’s residence, ballistics tests have confirmed.
Vira had been shot dead on October 15 while he was watching TV at home. The police had arrested former corporator Razzaq Khan and his son Amjad Khan for the murder. “During interrogation, Amjad told us that he fired at Vira from the country-made revolver and hid it at his Kalina residence. We recovered the firearm from there. As per procedure, we sent it for ballistic testing. We have been informed by the Forensic Science Laboratory officials that the bullet fired on Vira was shot from the same firearm,” an officer said.
The police said that Vira had filed several RTI queries about illegal constructions by Khan, which allegedly led to the father-son duo planning the murder.
The police had initially suspected that the Khans had paid contract killers to kill Vira. However, officers said, during custodial interrogation, Amjad confessed it was he who shot Vira. He claimed that his father was not involved in the murder and that he had fired at Vira out of frustration.
An officer said they were waiting for some reports from the FSL, that will form part of the chargesheet. “While we have some time to file the chargesheet, we want to ensure that we have a water-tight case against the accused persons,” the officer added.