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Crime RTI Activism Punishment Death


Name : Shehla Masood | Year : 2011

Masood was a conservationist who raked up the issue of deaths of tigers in sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. She co-founded RTI Anonymous, a service to file queries anonymously, few days before she was shot.

Amit-Jethwa Name : Amit Jethwa | Year : 2010

Jethwa had filed six RTI queries against illegal mining lobby operating just outside the protected area of Gir forests, Gujarat. He was shot at close range by assailants on a motorcycle. BJP MP Dinu Solanki was arrested in connection with the murder and his nephew, who is a co-accused in the case, was made a civic body head by the party in August 2015.


 Satish-ShettyName : Satish Shetty | Year : 2010

In January 2010, Shetty was stabbed by several unknown persons when he went out for his morning walk. He had used the RTI Act to expose large-scale irregularities in land deals in Maharashtra involving real estate firm IRB infrastructure, eventually leading to the scrapping of its planned township. He had asked for police protection after he started getting threatening calls.


Jawahar-Lal-TiwaryName : Jawahar Lal Tiwary | Year : 2015

Tiwary’s mutilated body was found in a river in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on 14 August. He had filed nearly 30 RTI requests about distribution of flood relief materials for a 2013 flood in Bihar. He was subsequently threatened many times and got attacked twice. Although he had complained to the police, no action was taken.


Lalit-MehtaName : Lalit Mehta | Year : 2008

A civil engineer by trade, Mehta blew the lid off widespread corruption in the NREGA in Palamu, Jharkhand in 2008. Before he could complete a social audit to nail the culprits, he was brutally murdered and his face was smashed beyond recognition.

Kameshwar-Yadav1Name : Kameshwar Yadav | Year : 2008

Yadav was a prominent activist associated with the CPI (ML) in Giridh district, Jharkhand, who relentlessly highlighted irregularities in NREGA. He was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in June 2008.

Niyamat-AnsariName : Niyamat Ansari | Year : 2011

Ansari had exposed a case of corruption in the Jharkhand NREGA which had put local politicians in the dock. He was murdered on 2 March 2011.


Others Who Were Killed

Rajesh Suri , Babbu Singh , Guru prasad , Venkatesh, Arun Sawant, Vishram Laxman, Dodiya Shashi , Dhar Mishra, Sola Ranga Rao, Vitthal Gite, Dattatraya Patil, Ramdas Ghadegaonkar , Amit Kapasia , S Bhuvaneswaran, V Balasubramanian, Premnath Jha , Vasudeva Adiga , Ram Kumar Thakkur and more…


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