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Ramdas Ghadegaonkar, 43, NANDED, MAHARASHTRA

Murdered for: Exposing a sand mafia case

Aastha Atray Banan

IN NANDED, contractors from the ‘sand mafia’ were illegally mining sand. It was then that Ramdas Ghadegaonkar filed a police complaint that went unnoticed. This was followed by an RTI application that finally forced the district administration to act. It is believed the contractors had to pay 15 lakh in penalty. As for Ghadegaonkar, he was found dead in a ditch. The police claimed it was an accident. Rumours have it that he was stoned to death. As his 14-year old son Raju says, Ramdas just wanted to help people.

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