The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday announced Rs 5 lakh reward for information about the 2012 murder of a Right to Information (RTI) activist at Virar in Palghar district of Maharashtra, an official said.
Jha was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Virar on February 24, 2012, when he was riding a motorbike. The bullets pierced his helmet and entered the head.
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A Special Task Force of the Central Bureau of Investigation is probing the murder of activist Premkant Shivji Jha and issued an advertisement in Marathi newspapers, announcing a cash reward for anyone providing detailed information about the culprits, the official said.
The identity of the informant will remain confidential, he added.
Initially, a case of accidental death was registered at the Virar police station, but the autopsy report revealed the bullet injury and a murder case was registered.
In October 2014, the CBI took it over on the Bombay High Court’s order.
In 2016, the CBI arrested two construction professionals for allegedly hiring contract killers to eliminate Jha for asking information about their illegal constructions, the official said.
Jha was part of an NGO `Brashtachar Va Atyachar Virodhi Samiti’, and had filed several RTI applications and complaints against illegal constructions in Vasai-Virar area. It was also alleged that Jha extorted money or obtained other favors from builders engaged in illegal constructions, the official said.