Mumbai: The case of 61-year-old RTI activist’s murder has been transferred to Mumbai Crime Branch, confirmed Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe.
The RTI activist Bhupendra Vira was shot dead at his residence in Razzak Chawl of Kalina, Santa Cruz East on Saturday. The Vakola Police had recovered one empty cartridge from the crime scene. Till now two people including ex-corporator of Congress party Razzak Khan and his son Amjad Khan have been arrested in the murder case.
The father-son duo has not confessed to the crime, said the sources privy to the investigation.
Khan and his sons are history-sheeters. Vira’s family alleges that Khan and his sons are involved in a number of illegal businesses like land grabbing, illegal construction, running illegal hukkah bar, etc.
Till now the statements of around 16 people including the relatives, neighbours, doctors, etc have been recorded and around 50 people have been questioned in the case. But the shooter(s) is still untraceable.
Property dispute could be the reason behind his murder, as Vira was an anti-encroachment activist and had raised several issues against local mafia and ex-corporator, said deceased’s neighbour who did not wish to be named.
Vira had been fighting legal battle with Razzak Khan, a local land mafia, over a property for the last six years.
The deceased had managed to send at least 175 notices for the demolition of illegal construction in Kalina area and many more were about to be sent, according to Vira’s family.