As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Jul 22, 2010
Vital clues in whistleblower's murder
AHMEDABAD: Two days after RTI activist Amit Jethwa was killed in Ahmedabad, police claim to have found vital clues in the murder case that lead directly to BJP MP Dinu Solanki's constituency Junagadh, Gujarat. The prime suspect meanwhile seems to have gone underground.
A police team has left for Junagadh following what they claim is clinching evidence pointing to the MP's involvement. The activist's father on Wednesday said he had received threat calls in the past from the MP, after Amit Jethwa filed a PIL on Solanki's alleged links to illegal mining in the Gir national forest, which is the last remaining natural habitat for the Asiatic lion.
Dinu Solanki is also an accused in an attack on former Congress MLA Dhirsing Bharad. Illegal mining worth Rs 50 cr allegedly took place annually within 5 kms of the periphery of Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, allegedly under the direct guidance and patronage of Dinu Solanki.
"I strongly suspect that Dinu Solanki is behind my son's murder. Because he has threatened me on telephone. He also threatened Amit many times. Amit was threatened in Kodinar and Khamba towns in front of large crowds, a thousand strong. But nobody dared to report the matter," said Bhiku Jethwa, Amit's father.