Slain RTI activist's father says he expects no justice

Bhopal: Sultan Masood, the father of slain RTI activist Shehla Masood, said here today that he did not expect justice for his daughter, because as a lower-middle class person, he was powerless to have an effective probe.

He also alleged that in January this year, Shehla had filed a complaint with the Lokayukta that she feared threat to life from IPS officer Pawan Shrivastava. The way the police were handling the probe created suspicion about their sincerity, he said.

 Slain RTI activists father says he expects no justice

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Shehla was found shot dead inside her car in front of her house in the Koh-e-Fiza locality here on 16 August. "We belong to lower middle-class and lack the power to purchase or to influence a top politician or an official," Sultan said, talking to reporters at his residence. "We expect no justice."

Sultan, a retired government officer, said he wanted a CBI inquiry.

After the murder, reports appeared in the local media that it could be a suicide, he pointed out, and expressed suspicion that these reports could be based on the information given by the police. His daughter could not have taken her own life, he asserted.

No weapon was found on the spot, yet media speculated about it being a suicide, he said, adding that she was scheduled to go to the United States in the first week of September, and had booked tickets. Suicide, against this background, was improbable, he said.

Also, Islam considers it utterly wrong to take one's own life, that too in the holy month of Ramadan, he said.

Sultan said that about three years ago, Sunder Rajan, an Assistant General Manager with Dena Bank, was murdered in similar circumstances in the Eidgah Hills area.

Rajan was a classmate of the Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police, SK Raut, still, his killer was not found. "I fear that investigation into Shehla's murder would also reach a dead-end and the killer would never be apprehended," Sultan said.

The opposition Congress had yesterday referred to Shehla's complaint against an IPS officer, and sought CBI probe.

PTI

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Updated Date: Aug 18, 2011 19:14:12 IST