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Ex-corporator, son in cop net for Mumbai RTI activist Vira’s murder


Bhupendra ViraBhupendra Vira - RTI activist murdered in Kalina, Mumbai

A former corporator and his son being taken to court  on Monday over the RTI  activist’s murder – BL SONI

Mumbai : A former corporator and his son were arrested in connection with the murder of a 72-year-old RTI activist, known for his battle against land mafia and encroachers.

The two accused – Razzak Khan and his son Amjad Khan –  were arrested on Monday morning and later produced before the Bandra court that sent them to police custody till Oct 24.

At least eight people including the prime accused Razzak Khan, who is a former corporator of Congress and his son were interrogated on Sunday in connection with the murder of activist Bhupender Vira, who was shot dead at his Kalina residence on Saturday late evening at point blank range.

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Till now the father-son duo have not confessed to their crime, said the official privy to the investigation, and he further added that more people have been rounded up in the case. More arrests in the sensational case are likely to be made.

Investigators believe that the shooter(s) carried out a recce before killing Vira at his residence in Kalina, where no CCTV camera was installed. But the killer(s) is a professional, believes one of the officers privy to the investigation.

The elder son of deceased Mayur said, “Amjad had attacked me and by brother in October 2010 and an attempt to murder case was registered against him in Vakola police station.”

Razzak Khan is a local land mafia don and the deceased had taken up a fight against his illegal construction in and around Kalina area of Santa Cruz east. A number of serious penal offences are registered against Razzak Khan and his sons in the Vakola police station.

“He (Bhupendra Vira) had plan to sell off this three-room chawl and spend the rest of his life with us in Goa,” said Sheela, who lives in Goa with her husband Mayur.

“My father had managed to send Khan at least 175 notices for the demolition of illegal construction in Kalina area and many more were about to be sent,” said Mayur.

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He added, “Recently the illegal office of Khan was demolished. But he now wanted to settle down the matter, for which Khan approached my father for negotiation. He offered huge sums of money to my father, who refused to accept because he always wanted justice.”

“The order to demolish illegal construction in Razzak Chawl and Chandu Studio (in which Khan runs hukkah bar and other illegal businesses) had also come. And all these illegal constructions were set to be demolished after Dussehra. Khan makes huge income through the illegal businesses running in Chandu studio,” Mayur told this paper