RTI activist murder: Gujarat BJP MP kin named key accused

Besides Solanki's nephew, Pratap alias Shiva Solanki, Bahadursinh Vadher, a police constable from Junagadh, figures in the chargesheet filed against five accused early this week in a local court by city Crime Branch.

Other accused are Sanjay Chauhan, Pancha Shiva and Udaji Thakor.Jethva was shot dead outside the Gujarat High Court in July. His father Bhikabhai has been alleging that Dinu Solanki was behind the murder of his son and had demanded investigation by CBI.
However, the police maintained that there was no link between Jethva's murder and the BJP lawmaker who has rubbished the charge. The police have not recorded Dinu Solanki's statement till now.

Jethva was killed a few days after he filed a public interest litigation (PIL) against illegal mining in the protected Gir sanctuary in Junagadh district. He had made Dinu Solanki as one of the respondents.

According to the chargesheet, Vadher and Shiva Solanki conspired to eliminate Jethva because he was causing damage to their mining business by using the RTI route to extract information and then filing complaints against them.

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