MP chief minister hiding truth: Shehla’s father
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Bhopal, Sept 4 (IBNS) The father of murdered Bhopal RTI activist Shehla Masood, said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan knows the suspects who might have killed her; but he is hiding the truth.
“The chief minister is dilly dallying. He knows everything. He knew Shehla too very well. The CM knows the people who seem to be suspects, but he is hiding it," Shehla’s father Sultan Masood told Times Now news channel.
"I used to trust the Madhya Pradesh police also. But do not know where they lacked in the probe. Hopefully CBI will unearth the truth,” he said.
Masood said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should quiz Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Bhopal Dhruv Narayan Singh and BJP MP Anil Dave.
On Saturday, the CBI registered a case against four unnamed persons via Bhopal unit of the agency in connection to Shehla’s murder.
Shehla, who was shot dead recently, was reportedly seeking details on activities of BJP MPs.
Her Right To Information (RTI) applications revealed Masood was after Rajya Sabha MP Anil Dave and wanted transaction details of Narmada Samagraha, a non-governmental organization (NGO) supported by the BJP leader.
She had also filed applications with the Rajya Sabha Secretariat seeking details on BJP MPs from Madhya Pradesh.
Incidentally, Shehla was working with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supported Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Trust and used to organize events for them from Srinagar to Kolkata to Delhi, reported CNN-IBN.
However, there also, she complained of misutilisation of funds in the trust.
CNN-IBN news channel reported sources said a section of RSS and a senior IPS officer in Madhya Pradesh had accused her of being an agent of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The MP police had also suggested a CBI probe into the killing.
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay, who had reportedly spoken to the slain activist on the day she was killed on Aug 16, on Thursday said he wants justice for her.
"I knew Shehla very well. We were in touch with each other and used to even exchange notes on various subjects. We were even in contact when Anna Hazare's fast against corruption began on August 16. She was a brave activist,” Vijay said in a media statement.
“I hope the matter is not politicised. Shehla's family is going through a very difficult time. We stand by Shehla's family and any right thinking Indian would also stand by them,” he said, adding he wants ‘justice for her’.
Vijay said he will cooperate with investigating agencies in the case and provide all necessary information whenever required.
Earlier Thursday, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said: "The way Masood has been killed is painful. Now that Tarun Vijay's name has cropped up, I believe the chief minister should hand over the case to the CBI."
Madhya Pradesh Police said it would speak to Vijay in the murder because her call records showed that she had spoken to the lawmaker on the day she was killed.
The Right to Information (RTI) activist was shot dead inside her car by unidentified gunman in front of her Koh-e-Fiza residence in Bhopal on Aug 16 around 11 am and reports said she had been fearing her life from an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.
According to earlier reports, IPS officer Pawan Shrivastava had been allegedly threatening Shehla after she started probing death of a tigress in Bandhavgarh National Park.
She had filed at least 40 RTI applications involving forest and police officers.
In a letter to the Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh, Shehla had said: “One and a half years ago I had filed a complaint against IP Officer Pawan Shrivastava for making threatening calls to me….I had provided evidence but till now nothing has been done.”
“Also I would like to bring to your notice that I fear for my life from Mr Pawan Shrivastava. …A criminal minded officer, who has been in news for breaking laws, misbehaving with women and for his corrupt practices, has been harassing me since 2008,” read her letter dated Jan 19, 2010.
She sent a copy of the letter to Union Home Minister, Madhya Pradesh Law Minister, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister.
Shehla, who ran an event management company Miracles, had joined social activist Anna Hazare’s fast in April and also used to work on wildlife conservation.
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