re: Amit Jethwa: RTI Activist shot dead in Gujarat
As reported in indianexpress.com on 27July 2010:
Jethava murder: ‘Missing’ MP says not guilty in ads
“Missing” BJP MP from Junagadh, Dinu Solanki, put out an advertisement in three Gujarati dailies on Monday, claiming he had no enmity with Amit Jethava, the RTI activist who was shot dead near the Gujarat High Court a few days ago.
Since Jethava’s killing, the MP has not been seen in public and the Junagadh police, which provide him security, said they last saw him on July 18. The Ahmedabad police probing Jethava’s murder said they have got “vital clues”.
Dinu Solanki is said to be a close aide of Amit Shah, the former home minister now in judicial custody.
Junagadah SP incharge Maninder Pawar said the MP was last seen on July 18 at a Garib Kalyan Mela function. “We have no idea where he is now,” said Pawar. Solanki did not attend the Parliament session on Monday in Delhi either.
In Ahmedabad, the police have traced the vehicle used by the two assailants who shot Jethava. “One of them appears to be a history-sheeter. We have also sought details about complaints registered against and by Jethava in Amreli and Junagadh districts,” Ahmedabad police said.
Police officers investigating the case said, “We cannot give details of the seized vehicle or of the suspect. But we have got leads.”
They said the killing seemed well-coordinated at three levels. “It appears that a middleman might have given supari (a contract to kill) to the two persons who shot Jethava,” they said.
DCP Zone-I, Brijesh Kumar Jha, refused to elaborate. “The police are talking to Jethava’s friends and relatives who spoke to him a few hours before the incident took place.”
What the ad says
MP Shri Dinubhai Solanki’s Public Clarification I had no enmity with Amit Jethava. The PIL filed in High Court on illegal mines has no impact on the ones working in my name spread over two-and-a-half acres because following the Supreme Court order, these mines have been closed since 2005. This PIL does not help or affect me adversely in any way.
It is possible the sad incident could have been a result of to the impact of Amit Jethava’s PIL on other legal and illegal mine operators.
According to my information, Amitbhai frequently filed public interest litigations (PILs) in the Gujarat High Court, which affected different subjects, due to which this incident (Jethava’s murder) could have taken place.
I have learnt through newspapers that Amit Jethava had confided to his lawyer friend that Dinubhai would be upset with his petition, but they perhaps do not know that the lease of the mines mentioned in the PIL have expired.
re: Amit Jethwa: RTI Activist shot dead in Gujarat
As reported by Shubhlakshmi Shukla and Hiral Dave in expressindia.com on 29 July 2010:
Murdered RTI activist had taken on Gir mining mafia - Express India
Murdered RTI activist had taken on Gir mining mafia
KODINAR, AHMEDABAD On July 21, barely a fortnight after he filed a PIL in the Gujarat High Court seeking an end to illegal limestone mining along the Gir wildlife sanctuary, 36-year-old activist Amit Jethava was killed. He was shot from point blank range on a busy highway in Ahmedabad, minutes after he came out of his lawyer’s office near the very court where he filed PILs year after year.
Gujarat has the country’s fourth largest limestone deposits, some 12,000 million metric tonnes spread over Kutch, Junagadh, Amreli, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha. Official estimates peg the state’s current mining market to be worth well over Rs 500 crore a year but unofficial projections say it is much more.
A complex nexus of politicians, influential businessmen, bureaucrats and goons controls the illegal slice of the mining business, overshadowing its legally allowed chunk. Some of Jethava’s efforts using the RTI Act and PILs had changed things and sent politicians, the government and its babus scampering for cover.
Hours after his motorcycle-borne assassins left him bleeding to death by the roadside, fingers were being pointed at Dinesh Solanki, BJP’s powerful MP in Junagadh. Solanki, who is close to former Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala, holds considerable sway over the local mining business.
But Solanki has not been seen after Jethava’s killing, not even by the police personnel guarding him. Junagadh’s SP Maninder Pawar admitted he had no idea where Solanki was.
The MP, however, put out an advertisement in local newspapers on Monday, proclaiming his innocence, even suggesting that someone else hit by one of Jethava’s many PILs may have got him killed. Solanki’s advertisement also maintained that Jethava’s latest PIL could not have impacted “ mines working in my name” since those shut down after a Supreme Court order.
Jethava was not known to get fazed by circumstances. Operating mostly from his village Khambha, he soon managed to become a member of the state wildlife advisory board, even logged his name in the state as well as national environment protection circuit.
From his one-room office in Khambha, he used the RTI Act to source information from all over, and then followed it up in courts with his many PILs. It was one of his PILs that forced the state government to agree in court to appoint a Lokayukta and RTI information officers.
His pursuit of almost every development in the Gir wildlife sanctuary areas often kept the state forest brass on the tenterhooks, before he shifted base to Ahmedabad a couple of years ago to begin focussing more on the RTI route.
Senior forest officials recall the first line of a government circular some five years ago, stating: “ Amit Jethava na akshepo upar dhyan levo nahi (Do not take any complaints from Jethava seriously).”
“It is not usual for a state government to issue an official circular asking not to take an individual’s complaints seriously, ordering officers to use their discretion,” an official said.
His father Bhikhabhai runs a cobbler’s shop in his village. “My boy had courage. He never thought twice before getting to battle Solanki. He ignored the many threats that he kept getting from Solanki,” he alleged.
Jethava’s latest PIL related to a mining lease that Solanki reportedly got sanctioned by the Junagadh collectorate in Pichvi village, which, according to forest department records, is one of the six villages in Kodinar that falls within the prohibited five-kilometre radius surrounding the ecologically sensitive Gir sanctuary.
The lease (survey numbers 131 and 131/1) was extended for another 10 years in 2006. In 2007, state officials, under pressure from Jethava, cancelled Solanki’s lease along with 34 other illegal leases in the Kodinar-Jamvada belt.
But Jethava, in his PIL, claimed that the cancellation was only on paper. He adduced government records, including evidence of an alleged illegal mining racket unearthed by the state geology and mines department official, Y B Raval, on January 24 to point to Solanki’s role.
The MP had obtained the electricity connection to the mining sites in his nephew’s name. Jethava produced copies of the electricity bills to contend that illegal mining was still going on. On July 9, the High Court issued notices to all the respondents, and posted the hearing for August.
Forest officials and political circles in Junagadh and Amreli recall how close Jethava and Solanki once were. “When Jethava began his wildlife activism, Solanki (who was then an MLA) allowed him to use his MLA quarters in Gandhinagar during his visits,” said a forest officer.
But all that changed in 2007, when Jethava contested the Assembly polls against Solanki.
Incidentally, it was Solanki who urged Jethava to cash in on his increasing popularity and contest the elections for the Khambha-Kodinar Assembly seat. Solanki wanted Jethava to cut into the vote share of Dhirsinh Barad, who was touted to be the Congress candidate and who wielded significant clout in Khambha.
But the Congress fielded Laxman Parmar instead of Barad. Solanki then asked Jethava to withdraw his nomination. But Jethava refused, deciding to remain in the fray. Solanki won the seat for the fourth time. When he vacated the seat to become MP in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Barad won the Kodinar seat. Jethava got close to Barad, as they then had a common foe in Solanki.
Over the last couple of years, Jethava often took on Solanki. The Rajmoti Charitable Trust run by the MP had to give up possession of its newly-built community hall after Jethava filed a petition in court pointing out that it was built using Central and state government grants and was, therefore, public property.
Jethava then used the RTI route to prove that all the cellphone towers installed in Kodinar, in which Solanki’s nephew, Pratap Solanki, had a business interest, were illegal. He also tried to prove that although a criminal case of rioting and assault was pending against Solanki (who was accused of assaulting Barad and his kin), the MP was being allowed to go to the US.
Reasons for Ami Jethwa's Murder, mystery behind
July 31 at 2:00pm The Dinesh Solanki-Amit Jethava story is about the mentor and the student turning on each other in the wake of an inevitable clash of ambitions. The lucrative limestone-mining business of Gujarat — conservatively estimated at Rs 500 crore annually — provides the backdrop for not just Jethava's murder but a general sordid politician-bureaucrat-businessman nexus in the state.
Jethava hailed from Khambha town, part of the command area of Solanki's transportation and limestone mining business. When his childhood friend Boga Dhakan started the Gir Nature Youth Club, the first local environment group in the area, Jethava, a compounder suspended from the local Community Health Centre, was quick to sign up. That was just under five years ago.The club soon found donors among industrialists and politicians in the area, and Jethava became close to Solanki, then a BJP MLA.
The relationship broke during the 2007 Assembly election. Jethava contested against Solanki at the Khambha-Kodinar seat, which that latter had already won thrice. As Solanki romped home for the fourth time, the enmity between the men only deepened.
In 2009, Solanki became an MP, and the Congress's Dhirsinh Barad won the Assembly seat. Suddenly, Jethava had an ally — and Barad a friend against the common enemy, Solanki. Ever since the Assembly election battle, Jethava had been doing his best to disrupt Solanki's businesses, unleashing against the politician a volley of petitions and RTI applications. Now, he redoubled his efforts.
Complaints against Solanki
According to officials at the Khambha police station, Jethava had filed at least 21 complaints with them — five of which were against Solanki. All were about alleged violations of environment laws in the Gir Sanctuary.
Jethava successfully petitioned the court that a community hall being built by Solanki's Rajmoti Charitable Trust was using Central and state government grants and was, hence, public property.
Jethava was successful in digging out information through the RTI Act that proved that mobile phone towers in Kodinar — a business in which Solanki's nephew Shiva had an interest — had been erected illegally.
He used the RTI Act to show that even though a criminal case of rioting and assault was pending against Solanki, the MP was being allowed to fly to the US.
Another complaint related to a mining lease given to Solanki by the Junagadh Collectorate in Pichvi village. According to the Forest Department, Pichvi is one of six villages in Kodinar that fall within the prohibited 5-km radius of the Gir Sanctuary.
In a complaint filed on August 25, 2008, Jethava expressed fears that Solanki might bring try to bring false charges against him.
Two months ago, Jethava filed an RTI application with the Gujarat Forest Department, seeking details of illegal mining on the periphery of the Gir Sanctuary. This month, he filed a public interest suit against illegal mining in the Gujarat High Court, which declared Solanki a respondent in the case.
He also filed affidavits with the Supreme Court-constituted Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on illegal mining around the Gir National Park and Sanctuary. The matter is still pending with the CEC.
The mining trail
The truth about Jethava's murder lies shrouded in the complex and murky workings of Gujarat's mining nexus. The state in which India's fourth largest limestone deposits are located, had done little to curb illegal mining until 2002 — the year in which the Forest Department was given powers to restrict mining within the Sanctuary area, and up to a radius of 5 km around its perimeter. "Before 2002, mining activity continued around the forest area as there was no law to prevent it," said a senior Forest Department official.
The deposits in the Porbander, Kutch and Junagadh districts — and the smaller ones in Rajkot, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha — feed huge cement plants with annual production capacities of millions of tonnes. Among the big business houses that tap into the limestone are Ambuja Cements, Siddhi Cement and Hathi Cements in Veraval in Porbander district, and Sanghi Cement, J P Cements and Sparta Cement in Kutch. A cement manufacturing plant is reported to be in the pipeline in Kutch district. Some of the country's biggest soda-ash manufacturing units too are located in the limestone-producing areas of Gujarat.
The nature of the limestone quarrying business — windfall returns on minimal investment — attracted huge interest, and also spawned massive irregularities.
Jethava's PIL against illegal mining in the Supreme Court, and those in the Gujarat High Court against Director of Environment J K Vyas's promotion, have the potential to upset the workings of the mining mafia and the vested interests in the cement and soda ash industries.
According to official sources, 20 million to 22 million tonnes of limestone worth over Rs 500 crore is mined across the state annually, leading to the manufacture of nearly 15 million tonnes of cement. However, the state government has been getting royalty in the range of only about Rs 22 crore every year, with allegations that the bulk of it is siphoned off by the illegal mining mafia.
The other players
In the last five months, the state Mining and Geology department has cracked down on many Porbander-based mining companies that have allegedly underreported the quantity of limestone being quarried by them. The state government has even initiated a move to attach their landed properties.
These companies include those allegedly owned by former BJP minister Babu Bokhiria and Bima Odedara, the brother of BJP MLA Karsan Dula.
According to officials, a total of 135 companies are engaged in limestone mining in Porbander district, which has the largest of the limestone mines in the state. Sources in the Geology Commissionerate alleged that nearly 80 per cent these companies are controlled by Babu Bokhiria.
Bokhiria was accused of the murder of Congress activist and miner Molu Modhwadia in October 2005.
Molu's wife Laki had been demanding that an FIR be lodged against Bokhiria on the basis of a note recovered from Molu's wallet after his death. Molu had expressed the fear that Bokhiria was conspiring to eliminate him, and should be held responsible in case he (Molu) was killed.
While a forensic examination of the letter established the handwriting to be Molu's, the police have neither made Bokhiria an accused nor questioned him in the case. Bokhiria later challenged in the High Court a fast track court's judgment ordering his interrogation. After the High Court upheld the fast track court's order in 2008, Bokhiria challenged the matter in the Supreme Court, where it is now pending.
Bokhiria had earlier been arrested in an illegal mining case involving the non-payment of royalty of nearly Rs 54 crore in October 2007. The case was filed by Saurashtra Chemicals in 2006 (when Bokhiria was Porbander MLA) against Bokhiria, Bhima Odedara, his son Laxman and former Congress MP Bharat Odedara, who is now in the BJP. Bokhiria was released in March 2008, after he had spent five months in jail.
Another major defaulter, Bima Dula Odedara, is the brother of Karsan Dula, BJP MLA from Kotiyana. Karsan who has 36 criminal cases against him, happens to be Bokhiria's brother-in-law.
While five defaulters, whose penalty amount ranged between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, paid the penalties, the rest approached the Union Mining Ministry which is yet to decide on their appeal.
Re: Amit Jethwa: RTI Activist shot dead in Gujarat
As reported by Charul Shah in dnaindia.com on 09 August 2010:
Ahmedabad police close to unravelling Amit Jethwa
Ahmedabad police close to unravelling Amit Jethwa�s murder mystery
After the furore over RTI activist Amit Jethwa's murder, it seems the city police have finally identified the persons behind the crime. However, for fear that the killers may go into hiding, the police are not revealing the names of the killers yet.
"Jethwa's murder was a contract killing and the one who killed him and escaped from the spot have been identified. We are in the middle of investigations to find out the people who gave the contract," a cop told DNA.
The city police have not revealed the names of the accused but have gathered substantial evidence against the killers. "The police have now zeroed in on the killers, through the evidence gathered so far," a source testified to DNA.
Cops in the know, on the condition of anonymity, told DNA that the assailants have been identified as contract killers. The cops have gathered evidences of the financial transactions through which the killers were paid to kill Jethwa.
Officials further said that the killers are absconding and the cops fear that the people behind the attack might get the killers eliminated. The officials hence, did not divulge the names of the killers, for fear that they may go into hiding.
Police sources said that the killers seem to have followed the same modus operandi that has been observed in several similar crimes. In Jethwa's case, the killers came on a motorbike at night and shot him from very close, giving him very less time to react.
However, Jethwa managed to hold on to the killers' bike, due to which the assailants had to struggle to escape. Police officials claim that the arrest of the assailants may help detect several other murder cases where the victims were killed in a similar manner.
Jethwa was killed in firing by two people who came on a motorbike on July 20. The murder happened in the evening between 8:30 and 8:45 in front of the Gujarat high court. His family, in their statement to the police, has alleged that he was killed by the BJP leaders involved in illegal mining near Porbandar.
Re: Amit Jethwa: RTI Activist shot dead in Gujarat
As reported by Soumitra Trivedi in livemint.com on 11 August 2010:
Murdered RTI activist
Murdered RTI activist’s legacy to be kept alive
For Bhikhubhai Jethwa, father of slain Right to Information (RTI) activist and environmentalist Amit Jethwa, the government’s move to provide protection to whistle-blowers has come too late.
“I have already lost my son who was so passionate about RTI,” he says.
Bhikhubhai was referring to the draft Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, 2010, that was cleared by the cabinet on Monday.
“The government should have thought about protecting whistle-blowers in 2005 itself when the Right to Information Act was brought in. If such a provision was there, many whistle-blowers wouldn’t have lost their lives,” Bhikhubhai says.
The proposed Bill empowers the Central Vigilance Commission to penalize people revealing the identity of whistle-blowers.
Amit Jethwa was shot dead on 20 July near the Gujarat high court in Ahmedabad by two unidentified men. “Political forces are behind his murder,” alleges Bhikhubhai.
In June, Jethwa had filed a public interest litigation (PIL), one of several by him, in the Gujarat high court alleging that illegal mining activities were being carried out in Una and Kodinar talukas in Junagadh district of Saurashtra region in Gujarat.
The south-western coastal district of Junagadh is home to Asiatic lions and blackbucks, protected species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, an international wildlife conservation body.
Jethwa’s PIL alleged that Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki, member of Parliament from Junagadh constituency, and his relatives carried out illegal mining on the outskirts of Gir National Park, the 258.71 sq. km core forest area falling in Junagadh and Amreli districts.
Investigations are still being carried out by the police into Jethwa’s murder.
“We have got a few clues in the case indicating that the killing was ordered by people based in the Saurashtra region. We also have some information on one of the attackers. However, we suspect he may have fled the state,” a police official involved in the investigation of Jethwa’s murder said on condition of anonymity.
“They may have killed Amit but they don’t know that Amit has left an army of RTI activists behind him,” his father says. “He has taught the RTI Act to over 4,000 people, out of which 1,500 people are dedicatedly using RTI as a powerful tool to ensure citizens get their rights.”
Jaykant Patadiya, a soft-spoken Amreli-based diamond worker and an RTI colleague of Jethwa, says in Gujarati: “They may have country-made revolvers and political power, but we are armed with 20-rupee notes and a 45-page right to information rule book, which are no less than explosives.” Patadiya, a 37-year-old high school dropout, helps people write RTI applications for problems ranging from the issuing of ration cards to the illegal cutting of trees in the forest area, just like his mentor Jethwa once did.
“I polish diamonds starting from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening and earn Rs4,000 a month,” he says, adding: “During my one-and-a-half-hour lunch break, I teach the RTI Act to 50 of my co-workers. I will teach them just like Amitbhai taught me. When they (his co-workers) finish learning how to use this weapon then they will go on teaching others, which will be a true tribute to Amitbhai.”
Patadiya says he was desolated by the murder of his mentor who had taught him how to use the RTI Act to get government departments to do their jobs.
“He loved nature and was ready to do anything to protect animals and environment. Amit and I were the founding members of Gir Nature Youth Club (founded in 2000), which has now over 1,100 members and volunteers. Most of these volunteers and members have told us they will not let this movement die,” says Bhagabhai Dhukan, a 44-year-old, Khambha-based goldsmith.
Located 60km from Amreli on the outskirts of the Gir Forest, Khambha was where Jethwa hailed from, having started his professional career as a junior pharmacist in the government health clinic there in 1996, after completing his education. His legacy is a durable one, say associates.
“After Jethwa’s death, we have got calls from many of our members who want to start branches of Mahiti Adhikar Nagarik Mandal (MANM, a voluntary body founded by Jethwa in 2006 to spread awareness on RTI),” says Purshottam Ambaliya, co-convener of MANM, which has 400 members. “Our routine of Sunday meetings at the Khambha office was disturbed only once after Amitbhai was murdered. The routine work has now resumed and it won’t stop.”
MANM officials, along with 10-15 volunteers, meet every Sunday to hear complaints of villagers and help them prepare applications under the RTI Act.
On an average, around 60-70 RTI applications are written every Sunday.
Patadiya is inspired enough to strike out on his own.
“I have decided to start Mahiti Adhikar Nagarik Mandal-Amreli. I don’t have money to rent an office, but I have a spare room at home which will serve as an office,” says Patadiya. “My co-workers at the diamond unit whom I have taught how to go about writing RTI applications have promised to help me in this.”
Jethwa’s colleagues are also thinking of reviving the tiffin meetings, which had started with the inception of MANM and carried on until Jethwa shifted to Ahmedabad in the latter half of 2008 so that he could commute more easily to state capital Gandhinagar and the Gujarat high court. Gandhinagar is 35km from Ahmedabad.
“We are thinking of resuming the tiffin meetings to spread more awareness in the interior villages of Saurashtra,” said Yusuf Juneja, member of MANM and a professional signboard painter.
Tiffin meetings used to be held once a month at different villages in Amreli, Junagadh and Jamnagar districts, where MANM volunteers and villagers used to meet and discuss the RTI Act and share their lunches.
Gujarat high court advocate Vijay Nagesh, Jethwa’s lawyer in the mining PIL, says he will pursue the case. “He was murdered a month after he filed the PIL against the mining mafias. However, this does not mean that his work will stop. I will keep fighting,” Nagesh said. “Bhavin Jethwa (Jethwa’s brother) is now following this case...”
Jethwa had accomplished a great deal through his filings. One of the PILs called for the appointment of more information commissioners as RTI appeals were piling up before the sole official handling the role. PIL forced the government to appoint two more information commissioners, says Nagesh.
Apart from this, in March, government had to revise the rules governing the payment of RTI application fees.
“Earlier, we had to pay fees in the form of a demand draft, a pay order or non-judicial stamp paper. To get demand draft, pay orders and stamp papers, villagers had to travel to the nearest town and spend more for transport as well as charges for issuing demand draft or pay order,” says Patadiya. “Jethwa filed a PIL saying that the government should allow revenue stamps also as the medium of payment as it was easily available at any village post office.”
After Jethwa won, the state government allowed payment of RTI application fees in the form of revenue stamps.
“Amit did what he could to defend democracy, but it is shameful that it is already 21 days since he was killed and the police department has made no progress in this case,” Bhikhubhai says. “No arrests have been made so far. I feel unless CBI (the Central Bureau of Investigation) interferes, this case will also die out soon.”
Re: Amit Jethwa: RTI Activist shot dead in Gujarat
As reported by Prashant Dayal in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 August 2010:
Police constable involved in Jethwa murder - Ahmedabad - City - The Times of India
Police constable involved in Jethwa murder
AHMEDABAD: In a startling development, investigations into the murder of RTIactivistAmit Jethwa have pointed at the involvement of a policeman. No accused have been arrested in this case so far.
Jethwa was shot dead in the Sola area of Ahmedabad in July 20. It happened right opposite Gujarat High Court in a Satyameva Jayate complex around 8 pm, when Jethwa was about to get into his car. Just then two unknown men shot him from behind and killing him on the spot.
The police found a bike, a country-made revolver and two live cartridges from the spot where Jethwa lay in a pool of blood.
Ahmedabad city police on Friday brought a police constable named Bahadur and his nephew Sanjay for questioning from Kodinar, in Junagadh.
Jethwa's family members have been alleging that this was a political murder and he was killed because he exposed the illegal mining mafia in Gir. They had named Junagadh MLA Dinu Solanki in the killing.
The complaint was registered in the Sola police station and the investigation was being jointly carried out by the Ahmedabad city crime branch and city police.
The crime branch acted on certain leads like the killer, identified as Shailesh, being from Suigam, Banaskantha. A few hours before the murder, Shailesh had bought some clothes from a place close to the murder site in Chandlodiya. Apparently, a police car had come to drop him in Ahmedabad from Diu.
On the basis of these tips, the police landed in Saurashtra and learnt that politicians and police were involved in the killing. Bahadur and his nephew are believed to be very close to politicians.
The police officials claim that within a week the entire plot will be clear and even if the killers are not caught, the motive would be known and planners nabbed.
Re: Amit Jethwa: RTI Activist shot dead in Gujarat
As reported in ibnlive.in.com on 16 August 2010:
BJP MP's nephew detained in Jethwa murder case - Politics - Politics News - ibnlive
BJP MP's nephew detained in Jethwa murder case
Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch on Monday detained four people including the nephew of Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Jungarh in connection with the murder of Right to Information activist Amit Jethwa.
Shiva Solanki is the nephew of BJP MP Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki and also the Chairman of BJP-ruled Kodinar municipality. Shiva Solanki was detained Shiva by Ahmedabad Crime Branch in Kodinar.
Three other people have also been detained and have been identified as Sanjay, Bahadur Singh and Haji Bhai. Sanjay was detained at Diu.
Bahadur Singh is a Gujarat Police constable posted at the Gir Gadaha police station. Singh is also believed to be close to Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki.
One of the accused in the murder of Jethwa is still absconding.
Jethwa was killed on the evening of July 20 near Gujarat High Court. Ahmedabad police official said that some unidentified men on a motorcycle fired at Jethwa killing him.
Jethwa was reportedly coming out of a building after meeting his lawyer and about to enter his vehicle when he was fired upon. Even though he was hit in the abdomen by the bullets, he tried to grapple with his assailants, who fled from after leaving behind their motorcycle.
He had filed several petitions in the Gujarat High Court against the forest department and had also filed a a public interest litigation (PIL) on the illegal mining in the Gir forests of Junagadh district which is considered the last abode of Asiatic lions in the world. Jethwa was also the president of Gir Nature Youth Club.
Re: Amit Jethwa: RTI Activist shot dead in Gujarat
As reported at news.oneindia.in on news.oneindia.in
Ahmedabad, Aug 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP's nephew had been held in Junagarh in connection with RTI activist Amit Jethwa's murder case.
According to CNN-IBN, Shiva Solanki is the nephew of BJP MP Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki.
Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch also arrested three other people along with Solanki on Monday, Aug 16.
RTI activist, Jethwa was killed on Jul 20 near Gujarat High Court. Ahmedabad police official said that some unidentified men on a motorcycle fired at Jethwa.
Jethwa filed several petitions in the Gujarat High Court against the forest department and had also filed a a public interest litigation (PIL) on the illegal mining in the Gir forests of Junagadh district.