Bhopal: The shocking murder of RTI
activist Shehla Masood on August 16 was a bleak reminder of at
least two such incidents in the past involving the women
victims, who some way or the other had been associated with
public life and died under mysterious circumstances, sources
in local police said.
On February 15, 1997, the burnt body of Congress
leader Sarla Mishra was found in her flat in the South TT
Nagar area of the city.
It is alleged that a day before her body was found she
had an altercation with some senior Congress leaders.
Investigations into her death went on for around three
years and after that the police filed the closure report for
The request of CBI enquiry made by her family members,
including her brother, was never accepted.
As a result of this, no one knows till today whether
Sarla was burnt by someone or she took her own life, sources
Another case was of Sangeeta Kaze, a BJP corporator in
the city who was set ablaze at her residence in September
Initially, it was suspected that her husband Ashok
could have been behind the incident but he committed suicide
some days after the incident.
Sangeeta also succumbed to her injuries in a private
hospital after death of her husband.
In this case also, police filed a closure report and
hence there is no version of how and why she was burnt.
While Sarla was known to the influential leaders in
Congress circles, Sangeeta wielded some power with the BJP.
The case of Shehla Masood is slightly different as the
Madhya Pradesh Government has already requested the Centre to
order a CBI probe into the case as demanded by local Congress