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CBI announces Rs 5L reward for info on RTI activist Ramakant Jha killers

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
By Zuber Ansari

Jha had sought details of several construction projects in Vasai-Virar region

Failing to crack the Virar-based RTI activist Ramakant Jha murder case, Special Task Force (STF) of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) announced a cash reward of Rs five lakh to anyone who provides information about the killers.

The activist was gunned down by unidentified killers in February 2012. At the time, Virar police began the probe but when they failed to nab the killers the investigation was handed over to the state Crime Investigation Department (CID), but when that too failed to yield any result Jha's family members approached the Bombay High Court and on its direction the case was transferred to CBI in October 2014, sources said.

Jha, who used to seek details of several construction projects in the Vasai-Virar belt as a member of an anti-corruption organization, was shot dead. Jha was riding towards his residence in Virar (East)'s Phoolpada on his bike when several rounds were fired at him from a revolver. One of the bullets struck Jha's forehead and he fell off. A bleeding Jha was spotted by the watchman of his building, Guru Dutt Nagar Society, who alerted his family. He was rushed to hospital where he died during treatment.

Police had initially registered a case of accidental death. But Jha's family members suspected foul play as his forehead had an injury mark that seemed like a bullet hole. A post-mortem at J J Hospital confirmed that Jha had died of bullet injury.

The RTI activist was associated with the Bhrashtachar Atyachar Virodhi Samiti and had filed several queries with the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation seeking details of several construction projects.

Officials of the CBI have given telephone numbers 022-26529534, 022-26529538 and 022-26529566 for anyone having information about the killers. The identity of informer would be kept secret, the CBI said.

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