The police collected papers related to the RTI applications that he filed “as evidence for the investigation” on Tuesday, from his home.

Sohini Ghosh, Parimal A Dabhi |Ahmedabad |

TV9 copy editor Chirag Patel, 26, whose charred body was found on Saturday from near a canal on Ahmedabad’s outskirts, used to regularly file RTIs — one of them seeking details of how MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds were used, police investigations have found.

The police collected papers related to the RTI applications that he filed “as evidence for the investigation” on Tuesday, from his home.

Jaimin Patel, brother of the victim, who insists Chirag was murdered, told The Indian Express, “Chirag often used to file RTIs and the police came to our residence today (on Tuesday) for investigation. I am not aware what the content of the RTIs filed or the replies were.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police Akshayraj Makwana told The Indian Express, “We believe the death may have occurred sometime between 5 to 6.30 pm on Friday… seven SMSs were received by the phone until the morning of Saturday, all suggesting the location to be around the area where the body was found, as detected by the IMEI number…”

The charred body of 26-year-old Chirag Patel, a copy editor with TV9, was found by a passer-by hours after his family had approached the police with a missing person complaint.

. “The complainant (Jaimin), while filing the FIR, was adamant that this can only be a murder, which is why we have filed the FIR under IPC section 302,” said a Nikol police officer. “However, we are investigating all possibilities from our side, and we are also looking into the family and if there were any issues on that front,” the officer added.

According to the FIR, the time of death is suspected to be between 4.45 pm on March 15 and 11.30 am March 16, when the body was spotted and reported to the police by one Vijay Thakor. Jaimin told the police that he last spoke to his brother at 4.45 pm on Friday.