Mumbai businessman and RTI activist stabbed to death, two of the three accused arrested

Mumbai: A 40-year old real estate businessman and Right to Information (RTI) activist, Sanjay Dubey,  was allegedly stabbed to death in Ghatkopar on Monday morning.

DCP Akhilesh Kumar    Image: ANI

According to ANI, three assailants used some sharp weapon to attack the activist. Dubey, an active RTI user, had reportedly filed a RTI application regarding illegal constructions and a public interest litigation (PIL) in the high court against a politician.  

“The incident took place at about 11.30 am when Sanjay Dubey was attacked behind Sarvodaya Hospital at Andheri-Ghatkopar link road by three people,” said Akhilesh Kumar Singh, DCP.

Hindustan Times has reported that the Ghatkopar police have arrested two suspects, Vijay Akhade (37) and Sanjay Patwa (29), under section 302 (murder) and are on a lookout for the third accused, Gopal Nadar (34). Police said that there were frequent skirmishes in the area between Dubey’s group and the rival gang and the murder was the result of the rivalry over real estate dealings.

Reportedly, Akhade has criminal cases registered against him and was at loggerheads with Dubey, who also has several cases against him, including one of attempt to murder and rioting.

Police said that the accused reached the spot in an auto-rickshaw and stabbed him multiple times before fleeing. He was rushed to Rajawadi hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Notably, a police officer said, “Dubey was involved in several property dealings, including a Slum Rehabilitation Project (SRA) in Ghatkopar. He was also affiliated to the youth wing of a right- wing group.”

Dubey’s brother, Manojkumar, who was allegedly attacked by the two arrested accused in 2017, said, “My brother was doing well in his realty business. This was a planned conspiracy to eliminate him.”

Whether this was an attack on a citizen’s right to get information or over property dealings, further investigation will tell.

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