Shehla Masood, who had supported Hazare’s “India Against Corruption” campaign and was known for her anti-corruption and environmental activism, was gunned down in broad daylight Tuesday in front of her residence.
The shooter or shooters have not been identified, although the crime scene suggested that the murder was committed by a professional killer with a weapon fitted for a silencer, according to the Times of India.
In January 2010, Hasood wrote a letter to the director general of police stating that she feared for her life because she believed a powerful police officer was out to get her.
Hasood’s final tweets were about Hazare's fast and detention:
Gandhi “the purpose of civil resistance is provocation”. Wake up Govt and the Opposition. Meet at 2 pm Boat Club #Bhopal
Indian police arrested at least 1,400 of Hazare’s supporters Tuesday morning as the 74-year-old activist, dressed in his trademark Gandi-like homespun white cotton and a white cap, was removed in a police vehicle.
Hazare was taken to Tihar jail, notorious for its inmates, overcrowding, and appalling living conditions, but reportedly would be released Tuesday night.
This fast is the latest in a string of promises Hazare has made to “fast unto death” in recent months. The activist has become an increasingly divisive figure in his fight against graft, with some believing he is exactly what India needs to stop rampant corruption and others sure he just enjoys the publicity.
Tweets Tuesday reflected that:
#my2paise Anna Hazare is a sanctimonious tyrant. But the government is playing into his hands with its idiocy.
It took 9 months to arrest KALMADI ! 4 years to arrest KANNIMOZI and A. RAJA.but just 3 minutes to arrest ANNA HAZARE. #isupportannahazare