MP: CBI probe into RTI activist’s murder

Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 23:50

Zeenews Bureau

Bhopal: Bowing to the continuous media pressure, Madhya Pradesh government Friday agreed to order a CBI probe into the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood.

Shehla was found murdered in her car on Tuesday.

The response from the state government came after Shehla’s family called on the DGP seeking a probe by a Central agency, prompting CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to talk to the Home Department to begin the process.
According to FSL and post-mortem reports, Shehla was killed by a single shot fired from a very close range when the car windows were closed. However, the relatives confronted the claims saying that she was found holding a mobile phone in one hand and car keys in the other.

Speculations are rife that the decision came after the grieving family was paid a visit by local Congress leaders who promised to take the matter to the Prime Minister.

However, Shehla’s father Sultan Masood, claimed here that he did not expect justice for his daughter and as a person belonging to the "lower-middle class" he was powerless to demand an effective probe.

He also alleged that in January this year, Shehla had filed a complaint with the Lokayukta that she feared threat to her life from IPS officer Pawan Shrivastava.

The way the police were handling the investigations created suspicion about their sincerity, he accused.

"We belong to lower middle-class and lack the power to purchase or to influence a top politician or an official," Sultan accused while addressing reporters at his residence.

"We expect no justice," he said.
After the murder, reports appeared in the local media that it could be a suicide, he pointed out, and expressed suspicion that these reports could be based on the information given by the police. His daughter could not have taken her own life, he asserted.

No weapon was found on the spot, yet media speculated about it being a suicide, he said, adding that she had booked tickets for going to the United States in the first week of September. Suicide, against this background, was improbable.
Also, Islam considers it utterly wrong to take one`s own life, that too in the holy month of Ramadan, he said. Shehla was found shot dead inside her car in front of her house in the Koh-e-Fiza locality on August 16.

First Published: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 10:39

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