Masood murder: BJP politician in MP being probed

A senior BJP politician from MP is being investigated by CBI in connection with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood.

New Delhi/Indore: A senior BJP politician
from Madhya Pradesh is being investigated by CBI in connection
with the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood in which three
persons including a woman architect and the alleged contract
killer have been arrested.

The architect Zahida Pervez and co-accused Sakib Ali were
remanded in six days CBI custody by an Indore court while the
alleged contract killer identified as Irfan was sent to
judicial custody for 14 days by a court in Kanpur.

CBI sources in New Delhi said that based on the
questioning of Zahida, who was arrested yesterday, the agency
is likely to arrest one more person soon.

Irfan, who was picked up by UP Special Task Force from a
house at Talaq Mahal locality of Kanpur late last night, has
confessed that he and two others were hired for Rs 3 lakh for
killing the RTI activist in Bhopal last year, Kanpur police
claimed today.

CBI said the agency is yet to ascertain the exact motive
which led to the killing of the 32-year-old Masood and that a
clearer picture would emerge after detailed questioning of
Zahida and Irfan.

CBI sources in Delhi claimed that the BJP politician
under its scanner was quite close to Zahida. The agency did
not name the politician.

They said the politician has already been questioned by
the agency before arrests in the case were made yesterday and
if required he would again be interrogated.

CBI has conclusively found that Masood was in touch with
the same politician who was once the head of Madhya Pradesh
Tourism Development Corporation before differences arose
between them because of RTI applications filed by her, the
agency sources said.

The sources said the agency is now trying to evaluate if
the politician was also involved in the murder conspiracy or

During interrogation, Irfan said that he along with Shanu
Alaunga, a sharpshooter who was shot dead in an unrelated
incident in November last year, and one Salim had been hired
for Rs three lakh by a Bhopal-based person to carry out the
murder, DSP Samir Saurabh said in Kanpur.

Irfan claimed Rs two lakh was paid to Shanu who took him
and Salim to Bhopal from Kanpur on August 10 to eliminate
Masood. They had been promised that the rest of the amount
will be paid after the killing, according to police.

He claimed it was Shanu who shot dead the RTI activist on
August 16 and later they returned to Kanpur.

Shanu was gunned down in November last year by two
motorcycle-borne youths outside the court in Kanpur. The third
killer, Salim, is still at large.

Zahida allegedly ordered the killing of the RTI activist
as she was suspicious of her relationship with her husband.

Police said Irfan has a criminal record and several cases
including under Gangster`s Act are registered against him. He
has been jailed several times.

In Indore, the CBI lawyer did not tell the court what was
Sakib Ali`s role in the crime.

The CBI lawyer said the agency needed the custody of
Zahida and Sakib Ali as it was yet to recover the vehicle used
in the killing, and trace the money that had been paid to the
contract killer.


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