RTI activist murder: Police recover car used by accused

CCTV cameras captured Amjad Khan parking his car some distance away from Bhupendra Vira’s residence

mumbai Updated: Oct 24, 2016 00:29 IST
Manish K Pathak
Manish K Pathak
Hindustan Times
RTI activist murder,Bhupendra Vira,Razzak Khan
RTI activist Bhupendra Vira was shot in the head.(HT Photo)

The Mumbai crime branch on Saturday recovered the car used by the accused Amjad Khan — son of ex-corporator Razzak Khan — in connection with the murder of RTI activist Bhupendra Vira.

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Vira had been watching TV at his Kalina residence on October 15 when Amjad shot him around 9.30pm. The police arrested Razzak and Amjad within 24 hours of the murder. Investigations revealed that four witnesses had seen Amjad in the area at the time of the murder.

“We have recovered the pistol used in the murder, 12 live rounds, the footage of several CCTV cameras installed in the vicinity and Amjad’s car, a Chevrolet Beat. All the evidence was sent to the forensic science laboratory in Kalina on Saturday to be analysed,” said a crime branch officer.

CCTV cameras captured Amjad parking his car some distance away from Vira’s residence. He was seen getting out of the car before the murder and returning to the car after, said an official.

During interrogation, Amjad confessed that he was angered after his family received demolition notices and decided to kill Vira. He took a pistol and several live rounds and then visited Vira’s residence without informing his family.

From the door, he fired one round that hit Vira’s head. He feared that if he fired another round, the sound would be heard by residents and he would be caught. He thus fled immediately, said a crime branch officer.

“We have enough evidence against Amjad. Apart from the murder weapon, we have four eye witnesses,” said an official. The accused have been remanded in police custody till October 24.

First Published: Oct 23, 2016 23:48 IST