RTI activist Bhupendra Vira's kin claim accused attacked them back in 2010
Slain Kalina-based RTI activist Bhupendra Vira's son Mayur said that his father had RTI information, which stated that there were nearly a dozen cases filed against Razzak Khan and his family
Two people have been arrested in the murder case so far
Murdered activist Bhupendra Vira, who was shot dead at his residence in Kalina’s Kolavary village, had filed an RTI application to expose the criminal background of the arrested ex-corporator and his sons just months before the killing. The reply (a copy of which is with mid-day) states that there were a dozen cases against the family and two against a trusted employee of the ex-corporator.
Information on Razzak Khan (78), his oldest son Anwer and second son Amjad was sought, as well as on Jitendra Singh, the employee. The RTI reply revealed that Razzak Khan had nine cases against him — six in Vakola police station and one in Azad Maidan police station, whereas there were two cases related to the BMC.
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Reply to the RTI application that had been filed by slain activist Bhupendra Vira
Anwer had one case registered against him and Amjad and Jitendra had two cases each against them at Vakola police station. The cases were of physical assault, cheating, trespassing, and criminal intimidation. So far, Razzak and Amjad have been arrested.
Bhupendra’s son Mayur said, “My father wanted to expose their criminal background, not with violence but legally; hence, he used to acquire official documents under the RTI. He has a cupboard full of documents that he had been collecting against the violators. He had life threats from Razzak Khan and his sons after I was attacked in 2010 with a sword. Just two-three days before the murder, he had spoken to me over the phone and told me that he wanted to visit me in Goa. He was to come to Goa after Dussehra but had delayed the plan for some legal proceedings. Then, on Sunday, I received a phone call from a relative that he had been killed.”
The case was transferred to the city crime branch unit 8 from the Vakola police station yesterday. The police are yet to identify the shooter who, they believe, had used a silencer to kill Bhupendra Vira. A senior officer said, “We interrogated the Khan father-son duo; the two have not confessed to the crime. Statements of 13 people have been recorded and over 60 people have been questioned, but a clear picture on who actually shot Vira is yet to be established. There were three kids, all aged below 12, playing outside Vira’s residence when he entered the house that night. We will check with them if they saw anyone suspicious entering the house. If they are able to give us information, a sketch based on their description will be prepared.”
Number of people questioned so far
No of statements recorded in the case so far
Number of cases registered against Razzak Khan