A relative of BJP Junagadh MP Dinu Solanki is suspected to be linked to the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethva who was killed outside the Gujarat HC on July 20.
Pratap Solanki, the minister’s relative and an official of the Kodinar municipality in Junagadh district, will be arrested soon, police sources said.
Pratap’s name figured during the interrogation of police constable Bahadursinh Wadher and Pachan Shiva, one of the two alleged motorcycle-borne assailants, who have been arrested in the murder case.
“Investigation is underway and we are working to pin down those involved in the conspiracy,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ahmedabad (Crime Branch) Himanshu Shukla.
“We are trying to track down Shailesh Pandya, who was paid to gun down Jethva,” a police officer told HT.
Jethva’s father had alleged Dinu Solanki was behind the murder. When asked about the possible involvement of the BJP MP, the officer said they were probing that angle.
Jethva was trying to expose the illegal mining of limestone in Kodinar and the Gir forests of Junagadh when he was killed.
The police have claimed that Jethva’s killers were paid R11 lakh to carry out the murder.
A few days before his death, Jethva had filed a PIL in the Gujarat HC against illegal mining in the Gir forest. In an advertisement carried out in Gujarati newspapers a week after the murder, Dinu Solanki, had said: “The PIL filed in the high court on illegal mines has no impact on the ones working in my name, spread over two-and-a-half acres, because these mines are closed since 2005...”