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RTI activist's murder: Case transferred to Crime Branch

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The case of RTI activist Bhupendra Vira, known for his battle against land mafia and encroachers, was today handed over to the Crime Branch from Vakola police station, an official said.

"The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch," a police official told PTI.

The 72-year-old activist, who had exposed encroachers and unauthorised constructions in and around Kalina in the city, was shot dead at point blank range on Saturday night when he was watching TV at his residence in suburban Santacruz.

Police had yesterday arrested former corporator in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Razzaq Khan (78), and his son, (53), in connection with the The duo was arrested after Vira's family members gave their names in the complaint.

Razzaq, an ex-corporator of from Santacruz, had got an order from Lokayukta for demolishing four illegal properties in the area on Vira's complaint, hours before the activist's murder, sources had said.

The of the elderly activist has sparked strong reactions from anti-graft campaigners, saying that Maharashtra has become a dangerous place for whistle-blowers with as many as eleven activists having been killed in the state in the last ten years.

Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad yesterday asked the authorities to ensure a thorough probe into the murder case and make public the information sought by the activist.

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First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 20:13 IST