IPS officer behind RTI activist murder?

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 12:36 hrs

Bhopal, Aug 17 (IBNS) A Right to Information (RTI) activist, who was shot dead by unidentified gunman in front of her Koh-e-Fiza residence in Bhopal on Tuesday, had been fearing her life from an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.

According to reports, IPS officer Pawan Shrivastava had been threatening Shehla Masood after she started probing death of a tigress in Bandhavgarh National Park. She had filed at least 40 RTI applications involving forest and police officers.

In a letter to the Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh, Masood had said: "One and a half years ago I had filed a complaint against IP Officer Pawan Shrivastava for making threatening calls to me....I had provided evidence but till now nothing has been done."

"Also I would like to bring to your notice that I fear for my life from Mr Pawan Shrivastava. ...A criminal minded officer, who has been in news for breaking laws, misbehaving with women and for his corrupt practices, has been harassing me since 2008," read her letter dated Jan 19, 2010.

She sent a copy of the letter to Union Home Minister, Madhya Pradesh Law Minister, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister.

Meanwhile, five teams of Bhopal police are investigating her murder.

No one has been arrested in connection with the case so far.

The police said there are no witnesses to the crime as of now.

There have been no arrests yet. The police say that they have no witnesses as of now.

"Shehla Masood was shot dead around 11 am when she was sitting in her car," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Adarsh Katiyar told media.

"The motive behind the murder is yet not clear. Investigations are on. We are trying to track the killer," he said.

Masood, who ran an event management company Miracles, had joined social activist Anna Hazare's fast in April and also used to work on wildlife conservation.

She was cremated on Tuesday night.

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