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Updated: February 29, 2012 13:03 IST

CBI arrests architect for Shehla Masood murder case

Mahim Pratap Singh
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A file photo of slain RTI activist Shehla Masood.
PTI A file photo of slain RTI activist Shehla Masood.

The Central Bureau of Investigation arrested architect Zahida Pervez for the murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood on Tuesday here.

Ms. Zahida Pervez, according to the CBI, hired a contract killer and had the RTI activist murdered because of some personal rivalry.

“In a major breakthrough, the CBI arrested a Bhopal-based Interior Designer in an on-going investigation in connection with killing of Ms. Shehla Masood...she is allegedly believed to be a conspirator in the killing. Another person, understood to have been hired by the accused lady, has also been arrested by the CBI,” read an official statement on the agency's website.

Ms. Pervez is the owner of “Design Era”, a Bhopal-based architecture and design firm.

With this, the CBI has finally tasted success in a case that had fuelled a thousand speculations since August last, when Ms. Masood was murdered in broad daylight outside her residence in Bhopal's posh Koh-e-fiza locality.

The Delhi unit of the CBI had taken over the case last year after the agency's Bhopal unit couldn't make much headway in the case even after announcing reward of Rs. 5 lakh for any credible information on the murder. The Delhi unit had later hiked the reward amount to Rs. 10 lakh.

The arrested persons will be produced in a Bhopal court tomorrow.

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What irks me the most is Ms. Masood was killed at a time when she had
embarked on a mission to go out and support Team Anna on their anti-
corruption movement. But I have never read anyone from the civil society
movement group condemning her killing. Why?

from:  GK
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 16:13 IST

the news story leaves more questions unanswered; what was the reason to
kill Shehla Masood? who are Zahida Pervez political backers? Is the cbi
being instructed to tell only part of the story?

from:  manohar
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012 at 10:33 IST

Wrong. women are like god in this country. They wont do such criminal activities. Police must be wrong.

from:  Aravaan
Posted on: Feb 28, 2012 at 19:17 IST
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