Bharatiya Janata Party MP Maheish Girri, who had been on a hunger strike in front of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence since Sunday, called off his protest on Tuesday evening. Girri had been protesting against Kejriwal allegedly accusing of him being involved in the murder of a civic body official. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (pictured above) requested Girri to end his strike and assured him of an impartial investigation, reported ANI.
On Monday evening, the daughter of MM Khan, the New Delhi Municipal Council estate officer who was murdered, requested Girri to end his fast. "[Girri] should end his hunger strike on humanitarian grounds, I don't want the issue to be politicised," Iqra Khan had told IANS.
MM Khan was shot dead in Jamia Nagar on May 16, a day before he was to give an order on the terms of the lease a four-star hotel. The property for the hotel was leased out by the civic body. The hotel's owner Ramesh Kakkar and six others were arrested.
The Aam Aadmi Party then alleged that Girri had links with Kakkar. Kejriwal said it was Girri who had forwarded Kakkar’s letter, which was addressed to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung asking him to sack Khan. The party also suspected the vice chairman of the civic body, Karan Singh Tanwar, of playing a role in the murder.
Kejriwal had then written to Lieutenant Governor Jung, saying Girri and Tanwar had threatened Khan with dire consequences a few days before his murder. The Delhi Police said they do not have any evidence against Girri or Tanwar yet.