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India Legal News: RTI Activist Shot Dead

On 21st July 2010, India legal news reports were all featuring the sordid killing of an RTI activist, Amit Jethwa, who was shot dead by unidentified men. The fact that this brutal incident happened right outside the Gujarat High Court adds a twist to it too. Eye-witnesses state that the two gunmen fired at Jethwa from a close range. After being shot, Jethwa actually ran after the killers, but soon succumbed to the grave injury that was inflicted by their shots and he fell. Though the assailants fled, they left behind their motorbike, the firearm and a bag. The revolver and two unused cartridges were taken into police custody. Further, the police stated that they suspect this to be a case of contract killing. Jethwa’s body was sent for autopsy.

The father of the deceased RTI activist alleged that Dinu Solanki, a BJP MP, is the person who masterminded his son’s death. In his statement to the Press, Bhikabhai Jethwa told the mediapersons that the MP had threatened them many times and even in public.