Anti-corruption crusader killed in Bhopal

An anti-corruption crusader and Right to Information activist, Shehla Masood, was Tuesday shot dead outside her residence here, police said.

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2011, 15:17 PM IST

Bhopal: An anti-corruption crusader and Right to Information activist, Shehla Masood, was Tuesday shot dead outside her residence here, police said.

Masood was in her car in Koh-e-Fiza area when she was shot in the neck, Inspector General of Police Sailendra Srivastava said.

Masood headed the Madhya Pradesh chapter of India Against Corruption group. In April, she led protests when Gandhian Anna Hazare fasted in New Delhi for the first time.

"She was shot dead when she was on the driving seat. The car was parked at her residence," Srivastava said.

Masood had Monday pledged to expose widespread corruption and that she had several vital documents to back her claims.

Masood was also a green activist and had fought for the Save Tiger project in Madhya Pradesh.

"As Shehla had raised questions regarding several tiger deaths across the state, people involved in the racket may have killed her," social activist Ajay Dubey said.

He demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the killing. "We have no faith on the state government, so the matter should be investigated by the CBI."

IANS