Police arrest ‘dead’ RTI activist

Noida : The Noida police have arrested an RTI activist who was presumed dead in a car-blaze here May 2, police here said Wednesday.

The “dead” RTI activist was arrested from Bangalore along with his girlfriend Tuesday.

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The police said May 2 when a car caught fire on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma was burnt to death.

Kavita, wife of Sharma and resident of P-38 Alpha II, Greater Noida alleged that her husband was murdered by goons against whom he had raised issues through the RTI.

On her complaint, the police started investigation. During probe, it came to light that a girl in his neighbourhood was also missing from the same day when Sharma was found burnt in the car fire.

The police put the girl’s mobile phone under surveillance during which they found that it was active in Bangalore.

The police reached Banglore and raided the spot where she was found living with the “dead” RTI activist.

Following questioning, the activist revealed that an unidentified person had agreed to sit in the driver’s seat and then the car was set afire.

Later, Sharma escaped to Nepal where he stayed for some time. Thereafter, he shifted to Banglore, met his girlfriend and started leading a new life in a rented accommodation.

“We have arrested both from Banglore. They are being brought to Noida. We shall present them in court and seek police remand to solve the mystery of the man who was burnt in the car fire,” said police officer Alok Singh.