Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2 cops held for role in Jethava’s murder

2 cops held for role in Jethava's murder
Times of India

The city crime branch on Monday arrested two p o l i c e m e n from Junagadh for their involvement in the killing of whistleblower and RTI activist Amit Jethava on July 20.

Bahadur Wadher, a police constable posted in Kodinar town of Junagadh and Sanjay Jhankar, a lok rakshak posted at Una checkpost, were arrested by the crime branch after they confessed to having paid Rs 15 lakh to the gunman for eliminating Jethava.

Jethava was shot dead on the spot with a countrymade revolver at Satyameva Jayate complex opposite the Gujarat High Court when he was about to get into his car. Through RTI applications, he had exposed the land mining mafia in Saurashtra which was already baying for his blood. Politician may be behind Jethava murder: Cops

Ahmedabad: The city crime branch has found definite leads to a political motive behind the murder of whistleblower and RTI activist Amit Jethava.

A top political leader from Saurashtra is being suspected of have paid to kill Jethava through his nephew identified as 'Pratap' who is close to police constable Bahadur Wadher from Kodinar in Junagadh.

The police are believed to have brought four more persons for questioning in this case, from Porbandar.

Pratap is currently president of the local municipality, against whom Jethava had also lodged a complaint. The allegations on him were that all the property that he built in the name of the community, were transferred to his own name and Jethava had filed an RTI on this. The revelations in this RTI led to the municipality being superseded.

The police also confirmed that it was Wadher who had escorted the sharpshooter Shailesh, to Ahmedabad and paid him off after the killing. Now the police are investigating, who had given the contract for murder. Jethava's father had alleged that his son's was a political murder .

The cops were mediators in the killing. A case was lodged in Sola police station. However, after the two cops were brought for questioning Ahmedabad police commissioner SK Saikia, transferred the case to Ahmedabad crime branch. An investigation team of sub-inspectors from different police stations has been constituted to aid the crime branch.

Thief who stole bike used in murder nabbed Crime branch officials have nabbed a man identified as Haji in connection with Amit Jethava murder case. Sources said the bike used by the assailants in the murder was stolen from Dhandhuka from a jeweller's house. During police investigation, it was revealed that the bike was delivered to Ahmedabad by Haji. The officials also got to know that the plan for Jethava's killing was made in Kodinar on July 20, the day he was shot dead. In that meeting, Haji was called up and instructed to give the bike to Shailesh, who had shot Jethava at close range.

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