A diary of interior designer Zahida Pervez, main accused in the murder of Bhopal activist Shehla Masood indicates that an extra-marital love affair and jealousy was at the bottom of the murder.
Masood was killed at her home in Koh-e-Fiza on August 16, 2011, and interior designer Pervez and contract killer Shakib Ali alias Danger have been arrested.
On Thursday, during a raid at Pervez's office in Bhopal's Maharana Pratap Nagar, the CBI found the diary, which provides clinching evidence of her role in the crime.Entries in English and Hindi record Pervez's feelings for a local BJP legislator, currently a suspect in the case, and her obsession to know the details of his relations with his other friends.
To that end, Pervez went through his phone call records and even stalked him for a while. In her diary, Pervez wrote, "Either I will commit suicide, or I will kill those close to [the MLA]", said a CBI source.
Pervez, who is married to Asad Pervez, had an intimate relationship with the legislator for the last five years. Masood incurred Pervez's wrath for her growing closeness with the MLA.
"On August 15, 2011, a day before the murder, Pervez wrote 'for the last two-three days, [the legislator] has not talked to me. But he spoke to Shehla Masood for half hour'," the source said.
On August 16, 2011, she wrote, 'I was feeling very depressed…then Ali called me around 11.15am. He said, mubarak ho, ghar ke saamney hi kaam ho gaya (Congratulations, the job has been done outside the house)'.
According to the diary, which will be a key evidence against Pervez and others, the shooter Shanu Olanga had called Ali to announce that the deed has been done.
At 11.26am, Ali called Pervez again to discuss the incident.
Pervez further wrote that the same evening, she "celebrated" with her friend and colleague Saba Faruqui, who allegedly knew about the contract to get Masood killed.
The CBI arrested Faruqui on Friday.