Jethwa’s murder: Congress demands CBI probe

RTI activist Amit Jethwa had filed a PIL against illegal mining in Gir forest region.

Zeenews Bureau

Ahmedabad: The police are yet to get any substantial lead into the murder of Right To Information (RTI) activist Amit Jethwa, who had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) against illegal mining in Gir forest region.

Even as the two men who shot Jethwa from a close range when he was coming out of his lawyer`s office near the Gujarat High Court Tuesday night are yet to be identified yet, state Congress on Thursday demanded that a CBI probe be conducted into the incident.

The demand, made by party leader Arjun Modvadia, comes after Amit’s father Bhiku Jethawa alleged that he suspected BJP Member of Parliament from Junagadh, Dinu Bhogha Solanki, of organising his son’s murder

Jethava alleged that the MP had threatened to kill him as well because his son had filed many public interest litigation (PIL) petitions against his “criminal activities”.

Importantly, accused MP has gone missing and remains untraceable.

As of now the case is being investigated by the state police even as pressure continues to build on the Gujarat government to act against the accused.

According to the police, the registration number of the motorcycle left behind by the assailants was found to be fake. Sniffer dogs were called in to trace the duo, who fled taking advantage of the darkness in the area.

A country-made gun and two 12-bore cartridges found at the crime scene have been sent to the forensic lab for testing.

HM Kundaliya, inspector at Sola police station where the complaint has been lodged, said efforts are on to nab the culprits. However, they have not been identified yet.

Witnesses are being quizzed along with the family members of the deceased, he said.

Jethwa was active in the conservation of wildlife, especially lions in the Gir sanctuary. He had also helped the police solve some cases related to lion poaching.

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