Thursday, July 22, 2010

‘I suspect Junagadh MP for my son’s murder’

'I suspect Junagadh MP for my son's murder'
Times of India

The murderers of green activist, Amit Jethava, are likely to be contract killers from Junagadh. Police investigators have found some crucial evidence to support this.

One of the evidences was quite dramatically collected by the victim himself. When he was shot on his back, Jethava turned around and lunged at his two assailants. He managed to grab the 'kurta' of one of the killers. This piece of garment has pointed the needle of suspicion towards Saurashtra."We have got some clues from the scene of crime. Different teams have been constituted and sent to Junagadh to track the killers," said HM Kundaliya, inspector of Sola police station.

Lending credence to this line of investigation, the victim's father, Bhikhu Jethava, on Tuesday said: "I suspect BJP MP from Junagadh,Dinu Solanki, for the murder of my son. He had recently submitted an affidavit to the Kodinar police expressing fear that he shall be killed by Solanki. My son had filed an RTI application and also a PIL in the HC against Solanki." Jethava, was gunned down outside the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday night.The incident took place when Jethwa, came out of the bar association's office in Satyamev Complex opposite the HC at 8.45 pm and was getting in his car. The assailants riding a bike had shot him with a country-made revolver. When Jethava attacked his killers, they fled the scene — one of them was bare-bodied. The killers also dropped the bike and a pistol at the site. The cops have tracked the motorbike to Dhandhuka.

The kurta has provided the cops with a better clue.The garment bears a laundry tag. "Each laundry has its typical tag. We have tracked it down to Junagadh," said a senior police official."This is a typical modus operandi of Saurashtra killers who prefer countrymade pistols. They also consume liquor before such a crime. A plastic bag containing liquor proves this," said police sources.

ISSUES JETHAVA TOOK UP ILLEGAL MINING | The petition was filed against the Union government, state government, a geologist in Junagadh and collector. He prayed that the court should stop illegal mining in the area and sought directions for stopping power supply in all illegal mines.

WRONGFUL PROMOTION | He challenged the appointment of director, Forest and Environment Department and prayed that the appointment be termed irregular and illegal. The court, in the order, stated that the promotion be quashed and set aside.

LOKAYUKT | The process for appointing a lokayukt was initiated in the state after almost seven years. This was stated in the high court after Jethava filed a petition seeking direction to the state government to initiate the process of appointing a lokayukt.

INFO COMMISSIONERS | Gujarat now has three information commissioners. Two commissioners were appointed after Jethava filed a petition in court seeking directions. He has also moved court wanting Indian Postal order should be included in the mode of payment for RTI.

The bike that the assailants left behind after killing Amit Jethava outside Gujarat High Court on Tuesday evening

Amit Jethava

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