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Another Cop Arrested for RTI Activist’s Murder

A police officer from Pune has been arrested for his alleged role in the conspiracy behind Satish Shetty’s murder.

Satish Shetty. Credit: Hindustan Times.

Satish Shetty. Credit: Hindustan Times.

New Delhi: The CBI has arrested another Pune police officer in connection with his alleged role in the conspiracy behind the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty. Shetty was killed six years ago.

Assistant Police Inspector Namdev Sukhdev Kauthale, posted with the local crime branch, was taken into custody after his alleged role surfaced during the questioning of B.R. Andhalkar, former inspector and in-charge of the local crime branch. Andhalkar was arrested on April 6 for allegedly conspiring with the other accused in the murder of Shetty on January 13, 2010.

Although the case had been closed, the CBI decided to reopen it after the agency recovered certain documents, indicative of possible missing evidence in the murder case, from a builder whose offices and residence were searched in January 2015 in a separate case registered in November 2014.

Shetty was murdered by unidentified assailants when he had stepped out of his house for a morning walk at Talegaon Dabhade town in Pune district. The unidentified men had attacked him with swords.

A year before he was killed, Shetty had reportedly lodged a complaint with Pune police’s crime branch about an alleged land scam involving IRB Chairman Virendra Mhaiskar.