Enmity, property dispute: The brutal murder of activist Bhupendra Vira

Updated: Jan 18, 2017, 13:20
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    RTI activist Bhupendra Vira, who was in his 60s, was shot dead on October 2016. The culprit shot him in the head when he was watching TV. Deceased Bhupendra Vira’s wife Ranjana (57) was present in the house when the murder was committed, yet she didn’t hear a thing
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  • Enmity, property dispute: The brutal murder of activist Bhupendra Vira
    Ranjana recalled her last conversation with her husband just minutes before he was killed. “It was around 9 pm after he reached home. He changed his clothes and sat on the plastic chair in front of the TV and was watching a pravachan (religious lecture). When I went to close the main door, he told me to keep it open, saying he had told the kids playing outside to be careful with the ball, and he wanted to see if they would heed him. He said to me that if the ball entered the house, he would not return it to them to teach them a lesson. I then went to the bathroom, and a few minutes later, a local passing by saw him bleeding and alerted me. I checked on him and found him breathing. So we rushed him to VN Desai hospital, but doctors declared him dead,” she said
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  • Enmity, property dispute: The brutal murder of activist Bhupendra Vira
    Armed with the Right to Information Act, slain activist Bhupendra Vira was a one-man army against illegal construction in Kalina. In six months alone, the 61-year-old was responsible for 100 notices and demolition orders being issued against illegal structures – most of them allegedly belonging to ex-corporator Razzak Khan, who was arrested in connection with Vira’s murder
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  • Enmity, property dispute: The brutal murder of activist Bhupendra Vira
    Vira 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 stated 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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    Bhupendra’s son Mayur had 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, I received a phone call from a relative that he had been killed.”
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    Four days after Vira was shot dead in his home in Kalina, former Congress corporator Razzak Khan’s son Ajmad confessed that he was the one who pulled the trigger. After the case was transferred form the Vakola police to the Crime Branch Unit 8, Amjad cracked during the interrogations, and admitted to shooting Vira with a pistol. Cops also found a pistol and five live cartridges at the Khan residence in Vakola. In his statement to the police, Amjad said this was the murder weapon. This was a major breakthrough in the investigation, as so far, the police had suspected that the murder was executed by a hitman
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  • Enmity, property dispute: The brutal murder of activist Bhupendra Vira
    For Amjad Khan, killing RTI activist Bhupendra Vira was an act of revenge for all the trouble he had caused to his elderly father, ex-corporator Razzak Khan. A day after he confessed to murdering Vira, Amjad has given the reasons that made him go through with the murder. All of them revolve around the enmity his father and Vira shared, mainly over a property dispute. The primary reason was the personal enmity between Razzak and Vira that made Amjad get hold of the murder weapon – a 7.65 bore gun – on October 15. Amjad had said he conducted the murder alone and told the police that his father was unaware of his decision. Cops earlier believed the murder could not have been a one-person job as Razzak had admitted himself in a hospital after the shootout, raising suspicion on his role in the incident
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    Six days after the murder of RTI activist Bhupendra Vira, the civic body demolished former corporator Razzak Khan's illegal properties yesterday. Vira (61) had complained against the structures and the demolition order had been issued before he was killed. Vira had secured the demolition orders just about a week before he was killed on October 15. He had brought the matter to the notice of the Lokayukta who had then ordered the BMC to raze the structures
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  • Enmity, property dispute: The brutal murder of activist Bhupendra Vira
    Vira knew his life was in grave danger and had also forewarned the police about his killers. In April 2016, Vira had written a letter to the cops and additional commissioner of police (west region) alerting them about threats to his life. The letter also helped cops nab the accused, a senior official said. In the one-page letter written in English Vira had told the police that he was threatened by arrested accused Razzak Khan’s men following a meeting near Kalina mosque. The letter dated April 23 with the subject line “Apprehension of threat to my life and property by Razzak Khan & his sons Anwer and Amjad”, read, “On 20/4/16 at around 6pm, I was told to come near Kalina Masjid and threatened with dire consequences if I did not withdraw the complaint to MCGM.”
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    The Mumbai crime branch’s Unit 8 on January 12 filed a 602-page chargesheet in the Killa court in the murder of Vira in which former Congress corporator Razzak Khan and his son Amjad Khan were arrested. It mentions that the murder was planned at the tainted corporator’s home, after which his son pulled the trigger on Vira. A senior crime branch official said, “The murder was planned at Khan’s house. Both accused have confessed to their role in the crime and the chargesheet mentions their confessions.”
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The chargesheet filed in the murder case of RTI activist Bhupendra Vira states that former corporator Razzak Khan’s son Amjad planned the killing. Here’s a detailed look at the chilling case 

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