Right To Information activist and NGO worker Shehla Masood (39) was shot dead in front of her residence in Bhopal on Tuesday morning. She was also known for campaigning on wildlife conservation. According to reports Shehla recently joined a fast in support of Anna Hazare's ‘India Against Corruption’ campaign.
Shehla, an active Twitter user, was followed by many Indian Tweeps and some of their reactions on this tragic death are as follows:
@jhunjhunwala: Shehla Masood was on her way to a hearing about a Tigress.Ironic that both Tigers and RTI activists are being hunted and killed…
@aknksha: For Indian newspapers #ShehlaMasood ‘s shooting in broad daylight is filed under “Supporter of #AnnaHazare killed.” SHAMEFUL
surnell: @shehlamasood: Thanks for whatever you meant to me.Very proud of having known you.May your soul rest in peace.We will carry the goals fwd
shanutweets: Felt very sad for #ShehlaMasood and Sorry for #bhopal. STOP poaching RTI activists
I_Madcap: No news channel has given a detailed report of @ShehlaMasood ‘s murder. A RTI activist who possibly killed coz of her courageous work.
The police are investigating to ascertain the motive and the identity of the killers.
Kafila blog posts a statement on the martyrdom of Shehla Masood:
We the undersigned aghast at the irony that tigers, tribals, trees and civil rights and environmental rights activists are being hunted and killed in the same manner.
We demand that the possible connection between her murder and her raising the issue of illegal Diamond mining project in Chhattarpur district, Madhya Pradesh by Rio Tinto, a transnational mining company headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange must be investigated along with other suspicions by a high level probe team. [..]
Shehla Masood used to conclude her messages with a proud “Roarrrrr” that cannot be silenced by the bullets of her assailants.