The Pune rural police on Sunday made the fourth arrest in connection with the murder of the Right to Information Act (RTI) activist Satish Shetty, even as activists stressed speedy investigation of the matter.
Dengarya Hanumant Rathod, a contract killer, was arrested by the police in the evening. Shetty was a whistle blower who used the RTI to expose a series of irregularities in land transactions in the lucrative Lonavla-Talegaon area. He was murdered by unidentified assailants at Talegaon, 45 kms from Pune, on January 13.
Three persons, including lawyer Vijay Dabhade and his accomplices Pramod Waghmare and Parshuram Telegu, were arrested earlier on Friday. They have been sent to police custody till until January 25.
In a related development, around 100 social and RTI activists gathered in Pune and passed few resolutions that included asking the government to set a time frame for the investigation of the case and following up matters exposed by Shetty.
“We made the fourth arrest today on the basis of three day investigation,” said Pratap Dighavkar, superintendent of police. The Bombay High court had also directed the Pune police to probe the matter at the earliest.
“We passed five resolutions today. Some of us will approach the state and central government to apprise them about resolutions,” said RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar. According to Kumbhar, a request will be made to the state government to digitalise all the cases pursued by Shetty so they could be accessed easily by those concerned.
On Sunday, the minister of state for home Ramesh Bagwe, visited Shetty’s home in Talegaon and offered his condolences.