Shehla Masood murder: Women architect, contract killer nabbed

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New Delhi: Making headway in the Shehla Masood case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a woman architect and a contract killer she hired to kill the activist in Bhopal last August, said an official Tuesday.

The accused identified as Zahida Pervez hired a contract killer whose name the agency refused to reveal. Both were arrested from Bhopal Tuesday.

“They are at present in CBI custody and it is believed that Pervez had some personal rivalry with the RTI activist,” said the official.

The 32-year-old Masood was shot dead in broad daylight in front of her house. The CBI took over investigations into the case three weeks after the murder.

A CBI team from Delhi arrived in Bhopal Monday to take over the investigations.

The team, comprising Joint Director Keshav and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Arun Bosra, reviewed the investigation done so far.

The Bhopal unit of the CBI had been looking into Shehla’s murder since the first week of September and even announced a reward of Rs.5 lakh for anyone giving information leading to the arrest of the assailants.

However, as it failed to make any headway in the matter, the probe was handed over to the Delhi team.