61-yr-old RTI activist shot dead over property row


Mumbai: RTI and hostile to infringement lobbyist Bhupendra Vira, 61, was shot dead at his Santa Cruz (E) living arrangement on Saturday night. His better half, Ranjana, accepted he had seeped after he tumbled from his seat as no shot sound was listened. Vira had a property question with a previous corporator and had gotten dangers from him.

He was given police insurance quickly as he battled to acquire pulverization orders from BMC against a few unapproved developments in Kalina, including some by the previous corporator. Infuriated activists from over the western rural areas sorted out a meeting on Sunday morning and chose to present a mass representation to the police chief.

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“We are testing the previous corporator and five of his children regarding the murder,” an IPS officer told. A resigned specialist, Vira lived with his significant other on the ground floor of a chawl in Kalina. He was staring at the TV between 9.30pm-10pm on Saturday, while Ranjana was in the washroom. “When she went to the parlor to keep an eye on her better half, she was stunned to notice him drooped on the floor, his head secured in blood.

She attempted to stop the stream of blood with her dupatta,” their girl in-law Sheela told. Vira was breathing by then. Ranjana educated her little girl, Khushboo, and child in-law, Sudhir, other than neighbors. At the healing facility, it was affirmed that Vira had been shot in the head. Police later recuperated a vacant cartridge from his home.

“It was at first answered to us that Vira tumbled from his seat. In any case, specialists at the clinic found a shot section twisted on his right sanctuary and a leave twisted on the left. The way to the room where the couple lived was somewhat open. There’s a substantial window and the executioner could have let go a round through the entryway or window,” a police official said.

Vira’s family associates the contribution with an expert and the likelihood of a silencer being utilized. “My relative heard a minor sound and was shocked discover blood splattered all around. Most neighbors were inside and we don’t know what number of aggressors were there, or in the event that they utilized a getaway vehicle,” said Sheela.

Activists said there were no cameras in the quick region. “Vira had griped to the Lokayukta about unapproved developments,” Prashant Gaikwad, ward officer of H/East ward, affirmed. “According to the Lokayukta’s requests, we had issued notification to those structures that were unlawful. Some went to court. The procedure was continuous and a few pulverizations had occurred,” he said.

Kalina-based activists said four destruction sees had been issued by BMC on Saturday. “Vira was exceptionally satisfied about it when we met on Saturday evening. The decimations were to occur on October 21.

Vira’s battle was not limited to the previous corporator but rather to the land mafia in Kalina,” said Clarence Pinto from the Voice of Kalina ALM. Pinto included that every time Vira got a risk, he would enroll a non-cognizable grumbling with the Vakola police. “He was careful about printed material. Four years prior, his more seasoned child was assaulted and a criminal case is going on,” said Pinto.

Vira’s more seasoned child, Mayur, and little girl in-law Sheela live in Goa, while his more youthful child is based out of Bengaluru. “Vira was an exceptionally basic man. Incidentally, police had issued him a notice not to irritate peace in the area,” said Pinto.

Another ALM part, Reggie Dias, said BMC frequently gave out names of activists to gatherings they had griped against, placing them stuck in an unfortunate situation. “Prior, police used to give us assurance without charging us for it, yet that is not happening now. We are defenseless and need to communicate our whereabouts to partners and relatives constantly,” said Khar lobbyist, Aftab Siddique.

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