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Arrests in India activist Shehla Masood's killing

File photo of Shehla Masood (PTI)
Image caption Shehla Masood was killed outside her home last year

Police in India have arrested two people in connection with the murder of a right to information activist last year in the northern city of Bhopal.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said a female architect in Bhopal, Zahida Parvez, was among those arrested.

The second person was a criminal hired for the killing, they said.

Shehla Masood was found with a gunshot wound in her car outside her home on 16 August.

She was on her way to an anti-corruption protest in the city.

"The arrested accused people will be produced in the designated court in Bhopal tomorrow," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said on Tuesday.

Officials have not said anything yet about the motive behind the killing.

Ms Masood, who ran an event management company, had filed a number of right to information applications, a number of them related to wildlife conservation.

According to reports, last year she had informed the authorities that she "feared for her life" and had complained about it to the police chief.

Nearly a dozen right to information activists have been killed and many others attacked in India since 2008.

The law allows Indians to access information held by the government.

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