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Razzak’s family claims innocence

mumbai Updated: Oct 19, 2016 00:20 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
Bhupendra Vira

Bhupendra Vira(HT file photo)

Mumbai The family of the duo – former corporator Razzak Khan, 78, and his son Amjad – said they have no role to play in the murder of RTI activist Bhupendra Vira.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Mujawar, Amjad’s wife, said, “My father-in-law has helped many people in this locality. He is a two-time elected representative from Kalina. He has not committed the crime and the police have no evidence. My husband and father-in-law will come out clean.”

“Just two days before the murder, my father-in-law and Vira decided to settle the property dispute. We fully sympathize with Vira’s family. We do not know what went wrong and who murdered him. We did not run away like accused would do,” she said.

Razzak’s wife said, “They came to our home at 2am on Sunday and asked my husband and sons to go with them. My husband is unwell. We had to admit him to Hinduja Hospital for chest pain. He was discharged at 4pm on Sunday and was soon picked up by the police.”

The other sons, too, have been detained for questioning.

Khan got illegal water connections for his tenants: Vira’s son

Mumbai The water connections to the commercial and residential establishments on a 16-acre plot allegedly encroached upon by former corporator Razzak Khan were illegal, said Mayur, son of RTI activist Bhupendra Vira, 61, who was shot dead on Saturday night.

Vira filed more than 2,000 Right to Information (RTI) applications related to the properties that had come up the plot. Responses to the queries filed by Vira in 2013 and 2014 showed the illegal water supply was causing taxpayers several lakhs, his son alleged.

“My father exposed Khan’s illegal acquisition of the plot. He also filed a couple of RTI applications in the BMC and found out that many people in the area did not have legal water connection for several years. It has cost the taxpayers so much money,” said Mayur.

“When the people don’t pay for the water supply, the BMC disconnects their meters. But these people have been stealing water for years. Who will keep an account of this? My father filed RTI queries to expose it, which didn’t go down well with Khan. My father has complained about it, but everything is managed,” said Mayur.

“We are not aware of it. We will have to check if there is any complaint in this regard,” said a BMC official, requesting anonymity.