Attacks on RTI activists in India

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Many Right to Information Act (RTI) activists, including policemen, have been harassed and even murdered for seeking information to "promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority" in India. Many face assaults on a regular basis. People seeking information from their gram panchayat and the local administration also face social ostracism. A few activists who sought information under RTI related to MNREGA scams, were killed.[1][2][3] Many threats and attacks (including murder) go unreported by the media.[4]

Rising voices[edit]

RTI activists are vulnerable human rights defenders (HRDs) in India. Unlike other HRDs, a majority of the RTI activists are not part of an organisation; they often act alone, moved by anger at corruption and other illegal activities. RTI activists are vulnerable because they live in the same areas as public authorities and political leaders who do not want information about their activities to be disclosed. For the most part, human rights defenders receive media attention only when killed or seriously injured. When complaints are made by RTI activists, law enforcement personnel (who often work with corrupt officials) do not take appropriate action. The Right to Information Act, 2005 provides inadequate protection to whistleblowers. The Central Information Commission and the State Information Commissions are not mandated to deal with such threats or attacks or to provide protection when needed.[5]

Protection of RTI activists was raised in Parliament several times during 2010. The Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri V. Narayanasamy, when replying to Unstarred Question No. 3456 in the Lok Sabha on 1 December 2010, stated that reports had appeared in the media about the victimization of people who use Right to Information provisions. However, he asserted that the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure have adequate provisions enabling the law-enforcement systems in the states to take preventive and punitive action against such threats. He further stated that the government of India has urged the chief ministers of the states and administrators of union territories to promptly inquire into such incidents and take action against the offenders. However, no action is taken even after the court orders it.[citation needed] The Bombay High Court, when hearing the case of the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty in Maharashtra on 7 May 2010, ordered the state government to provide police protection to any person (or organization) complaining of threats or the use of force after filing applications under the RTI Act. The high court also directed the state government to set up provisions for speedy investigation of cases of threats or attacks against social activists, a monitoring system and a database of social activists within 90 days. However, the cases of attacks on activists in Maharashtra increased.[citation needed]

There is a need to amend the RTI Act to provide for the protection of those seeking information under the Act. The Asian Centre for Human Rights recommends that a separate chapter, “Protection of those seeking information under the(RTI) Act”,[6] be inserted into the Act. Protection measures should include (a)mandatory, immediate registration of complaints of threats or attacks against RTI activists on the First Information Report and placing such FIRs before the magistrate or judge of the area within 24 hours for issuance of directions for protection of those under threats and their family members, and periodic review of such protection measures; (b)conducting inquiry into threats or attacks by a police officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police/Assistant Commissioner of Police, to be concluded within 90 days; and (c)trial of the accused within six months. Further, concerned Public Information Officers, First Appellate Authorities and those directly related with the information sought under the RTI Act should be presumed to have abetted the offenses against the RTI activists unless evidence proves otherwise.

Maharashtra ranks top in the number of attacks against, and murder of RTI activists.[7] This indicate unholy nexus between corporates and politicians. No attacks reported against RTI activists in Kerala and West Bengal. However some of the data given below may not be authentic because in the name of RTI activists many people also undertake blackmailing business. Also all the charges of killings may not be true.

List of attacks[edit]

References[edit]

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  48. ^ "Man thrashed for seeking info under RTI". The Times of India. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  49. ^ "Narayan Hareka". Indian Express. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  50. ^ Bibhav Kumar, Rajeev Kumar
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  55. ^ Nisha Nambiar (14 July 2010). "City activist forwards Bhorade appeal for protection to state home dept". Pune: Indian Express. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
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  60. ^ "Harassed whistleblower forced to give up fight, buy peace with bank". The Times of India. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  61. ^ "Blind RTI crusader gets death threats". The Times of India. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  62. ^ "RTI Activist Threatened in Meghalaya". Outlook. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  63. ^ "Meghalaya RTI activist’s arrest flayed". Hindustan Times. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  64. ^ "Mumbai: RTI activist receives death threats". NDTV. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  65. ^ "Bangalore corporator threatens RTI activist over land dispute". DNA India. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  67. ^ "Cops take RTI activist on fast to hospital". The Times of India. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  68. ^ "Municipal Council vice-chief threatened me: RTI activist". The Times of India. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  72. ^ "Activist receives 'threat call'". The Times of India. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  73. ^ "Cities / Delhi : Doordarshan reporter threatened, manhandled". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  74. ^ "RTI activist attacked by mob in Jama Masjid area". Indian Express. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  75. ^ Akela (1 December 2011). "Hawkers threaten RTI activist over complaint". Mid Day. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  76. ^ Deshpande, Priyankka (14 December 2011). "Voter registration officer tries to shoo RTI activists away with 'FIR threat'". Mid Day. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  77. ^ "RTI activist claims threat to life from official". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  78. ^ "RTI activist Gera getting threat calls". The Times of India. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  79. ^ "Paying the price for seeking info?". Bangalore Mirror. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  80. ^ Takhellambam Ibempishak, sagolsem Memcha and Konjengbam Anita International Federation for Human Rights Retrieved 17 March 2012.
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  82. ^ 9 March 2011 DC Hyderabad (9 March 2011). "RTI activist seeks refuge from cop’s false charges". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  83. ^ Anand, Abhishek (22 March 2011). "'Cops threatened me for RTI plea'". Mid Day. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  84. ^ "RTI applicant threatened, ostracised by local residents". CNN IBN. PTI. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  85. ^ "Activist receives threat calls, seeks protection". CNN IBN. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  87. ^ "RTI whistle-blower says he is being threatened". Mint. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  88. ^ "Applicant complains of receiving threat". Indian Express. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  89. ^ Pallavi Polanki (16 October 2010). "The Man Who Dares to Bare". OPEN. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  90. ^ "Probe into threats to Maharashtra RTI activist". DNA India. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  91. ^ "RTI Activist Threatened; CIC Orders Security". Outlook. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  92. ^ "Gujarat govt to put RTI activists under scanner". Ahmedabad Mirror. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  93. ^ "RTI activist gets threat from Mulund inspector". DNA India. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  94. ^ "Woman alleges harassment by police over RTI". The Times of India. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  95. ^ New Delhi, 20 Jul (PTI) (30 August 2011). "CIC issues stern warning against threatening RTI applicants". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  96. ^ "CIC issues show cause notice to RPO official". The Times of India. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  97. ^ "3 youths ostracised for RTI expose". The Times of India. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  98. ^ "Another RTI activist alleges threat". Indian Express. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  99. ^ "RTI activist gets threats over Mumbai land scam". CNN IBN. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  101. ^ "School bullies father after RTI plea". DNA India. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  102. ^ Sibte Husain Bukhari (15 March 2008). "Info on schools under RTI invites threat calls". Indian Express. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  107. ^ "Officials ignore info panel, upset RTI activists". The Times of India. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  108. ^ "Mystery clouds death of journalist". The Times of India. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  109. ^ "Teacher fired after son filed RTI". Times Now. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  111. ^ Manoj Prasad (24 May 2008). "In grief over a murdered NREG activist, his courage is healer". Indian Express. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  112. ^ "RTI activist was murdered: Autopsy". The Times of India. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
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  116. ^ Shashidhar Mishra[dead link]
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  118. ^ Dattatraya Patil[dead link]
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  121. ^ "Ramdas Ghadegaonkar". Hindustan Times. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  122. ^ PTI (12 February 2011). "Attempt made on RTI applicant’s life, kin dies in rescue act". FATEHABAD: The Hindu. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  123. ^ "Amit Kapasia". Indian Express. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  124. ^ Deshdeep Saxena (16 August 2011). "Anna Hazare's supporter and RTI activist shot dead in Bhopal". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  125. ^ A Selvaraj, TNN (11 January 2012). "RTI activist murdered in Kolathur by land mafia". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
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  127. ^ Santosh Singh (9 December 2011). "RTI activist shot dead in Bihar". Patna: Indian Express. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  128. ^ TNN (20 August 2010). "RTI activist found dead on road". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  129. ^ TNN (22 February 2011). "Denied info, RTI activist immolates self in Gujarat". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
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  131. ^ "RTI activist attacked in Rajasthan". The New Indian Express. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  132. ^ "RTI activist shot dead in Virar". The Times of India. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
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  138. ^ "RTI activist abducted, burnt with cigarette butts". Hindustan Times. 18 December 2013. 
  139. ^ "RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma found dead in his car in Noida". The Times of India. 2 May 2014. 
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Name State Date Attack type Nature of Activism
Rinku Singh Rahi Uttar Pradesh 26 March 2009 Assaulted, removed to a mental institution.[8] Rahi is a bureaucrat who used RTI to expose welfare scheme fraud in Muzzaffarnagar
Firoz Ibrahim Khan Maharashta 11/17/07 Assault[9]
Gopalbandhu Chhatria Orrisa 2 January 2009 Assault[10]
Ripu Daman Ohri Punjab 6 January 2009 Assault[11]
Munikrishna Karnataka 10/27/09 Assault[12]
Ajay Kumar Delhi 1 January 2010 Assault[13] Used RTI to enquire about private house/shop construction on public land under authorization given by a Delhi politician.
Kiran Pandey Punjab 1 October 2010 Assault[14]
Sumaira Abdulali Maharashtra 3/16/10 Assault[15]
Abhay Patil Maharashtra 4 January 2010 Assault[16]
Ashok Kumar Shinde Maharashtra 7/17/10 Assault[17]
Budhai Kumar Uttar Pradesh 8 September 2010 Assault[18]
S Channabasappa Patil Karnataka 9/16/10 Assault[19]
Yashwant Gavand Maharashtra 1 February 2011 Assault[20]
Arun Baburao Mane Maharashtra 1 February 2011 Assault[21]
Salman Reddy Orissa 1/17/11 Assault[22]
Safdar Ali Jammu and Kashmir 1/20/11 Assault[23]
Vikrant Karnik Maharashtra 1/25/11 Assault[24]
Amar Pandey Uttar Pradesh 1/27/11 Assault[25]
Gopal Prasad, Anil Mittal, Nanda Sawant Delhi 2 March 2011 Assault[26]
Mangala Ram Rajasthan 3 March 2011 Assault[27]
Bharat Guggul, Bhanji Jogen Gujarat 3 May 2011 Assault[28]
Vishnu Medhkar Maharashtra 4 February 2011 Assault[27]
Dilip Jaiswal Maharashtra 4 May 2011 Assault[29]
Arvind Kaushal Maharashtra 4 August 2011 Assault[30]
Popat Barge Maharashtra 4/17/11 Assault[31]
Jai Bhagwan and Karambir Haryana 5/21/11 Assault[32]
Ismail Patwari Maharashtra 5/27/11 Assault[33]
C.P. Singh Maharashtra 6/22/11 Assault[34]
Baghu Dewani Gujarat 6/24/11 Assault[35]
Ganasham Kunkolkar Goa 7/22/11 Assault[36]
Jaisukh Bambhania Daman and Diu 8 August 2011 Assault[37]
Sanjit Das Meghalaya 8/14/11 Assault[38]
Ajay Ambalia Gujarat 8/31/11 Assault[39]
Parshuram Kishanlal Mali Gujarat 9 July 2011 Assault[40]
Manisha Goswami Gujarat 9/21/11 Assault[41]
Mehul Kataria Maharashtra 10 July 2011 Assault[42]
Santosh M Tiwari Maharashtra, Gujarat 10/16/11 Assault[43]
Poonam Solanki Gujarat 12 February 2011 Assault[44]
Akhilesh Saxena Uttar Pradesh 2008 Assault[10]
Parameswar Sabar Orissa June 2011 Assault[45]
Niren Pareek, Christopher Minz Assam May 2007 Assault[46]
Tapal Ganesh Karnataka Unknown Assault[47]
Purshottam Chauhan Gujarat Unknown Assault[48]
Narayan Hareka Orissa Unknown Assault[49]
Akhil Gogoi Assam Unknown Assault[46]
Sumit Kumar Mahato Jharkhand Unknown Assault[10]
Bibhav Kumar, Rajeev Kumar Uttar Pradesh 1/26/07 Harassment[50][dead link]
Tukaram Bansode Maharashtra 12/31/07 Harassment[51]
V Gopalakrishnan Tamil Nadu 3/13/09 Harassment[52]
Srikant Prabhu Maharashta 5 January 2009 Harassment[10]
Kishori Ram Bihar 7/21/09 Harassment[10]
Goverdhan Singh Rajasthan 3 January 2010 Harassment[10]
Mohit Sharma Delhi 3 December 2010 Harassment[53]
Jay Kumar Raghuvanshi Maharashtra 3/13/10 Harassment[54]
Davinder Khurana Punjab 4 February 2010 Harassment[10]
Ramesh Agrawal Chhattisgarh 6/23/10 Harassment[10]
Ganesh Borhade Maharashtra 7 July 2010 Harassment[55]
Manish Bhatnagar Maharashtra 7/18/10 Harassment[56]
Harshad Patil Maharashta 8/13/10 Harassment[57]
Gopalkrishnan, Siva Elango, Madhav Vishnubhatta Tamil Nadu 9 January 2010 Harassment[58]
Fatima Mynsong, Acquiline Songthiang, Matilda Suting Meghalaya 9 January 2010 Harassment[59]
Abhijit Ghosh Maharashta 9 January 2010 Harassment[60]
Ratna Ala Gujarat 9/29/10 Harassment[61]
Bobby Basaiawmoit Meghalaya 2 January 2011 Harassment[62]
Mary Anne Pohshna Meghalaya 3 September 2011 Harassment[63]
Sanjay Gurav Maharashtra 3/22/11 Harassment[64]
M Z Ali Karnataka 5 October 2011 Harassment[65]
Ketan Shah Gujarat 5 December 2011 Harassment[66][67]
Ravinder Rathi Haryana 6 February 2011 Harassment[68]
Payi Gyadi Arunachal Pradesh 6 May 2011 Harassment[69]
Brijesh Kumar Delhi 8 February 2011 Harassment[70]
Ashok Paswan Bihar 8/19/11 Harassment[71]
Arvind Sharma Punjab 9 May 2011 Harassment[72]
Derrick Dias Goa 9 November 2011 Harassment[36]
Subhash Aggarwal Delhi 10 July 2011 Harassment[73]
Sheeba Fehmi and Arshad Ali Fehmi Delhi 10 August 2011 Harassment[74]
Sanjay Gurav Maharashtra 11/28/11 Harassment[75]
Anupam Saraf, Vaibhav Gandhi and Dinesh Shah Maharashtra 12/13/11 Harassment[76]
R. Marijoseph Karnataka 12/30/11 Harassment[77]
Kishan Lal Gera Haryana Since 2008 Harassment[78]
R V Prasanna Karnataka Since 2009 Harassment[79]
Shiv Prakash Rai Bihar May 2008 Harassment[71]
Takhellambam Ibempishak, Sagolsem Memcha

and Konjengbam Anita

Manipur Since Apr 2011 Harassment[80]
Pawan Sharma Uttar Pradesh Since 11 April 2011 Harassment[81]
Emmanuel Andhra Pradesh February and March 2011 Harassment[82][dead link]
Jagbir Singh Delhi Since February 2011 Harassment[83]
Biren Luwang Manipur Since April 2011 Harassment[84]
Injambakkam H Sekar Tamil Nadu Since August 2011 Harassment[85]
Khirasindhu Sagria Orrisa Since November 2011 Harassment[86]
Muzibur Rehman Unknown 2007 Harassment[87]
Saleem Baig Uttar Pradesh 2007 Harassment[10]
Asith Sangma Meghalaya 2008 Harassment[10]
Ashok Verma Punjab 2009 Harassment[88]
Kheemaram Rajasthan 2010 Harassment[89]
Shivaji Raut Maharashtra June 2011 Harassment[90]
Ajay Gakhar Delhi July 2011 Harassment[91]
All Gujarat RTI users Gujarat July 2011 Harassment[92]
Ankur Patil Maharashtra September 2011 Harassment[93]
Gunjan Mehta Gujarat December 2011 Harassment[94]
Durga Delhi 2011 Harassment[95]
C J Karira Andhra Pradesh 2011 Harassment[96]
Nelapati Papireddy, Pachalla Suryanarayana Reddy

and Kovuru Satyanarayana Reddy

Andhra Pradesh 2011 Harassment[97]
Mohinder Kumar Punjab Unknown Harassment[98]
Anwar Shaikh Maharashtra Unknown Harassment[99]
Y. Ekyimo Kikon Nagaland Unknown Harassment[100]
Ashok Rathod Gujarat Unknown Harassment[101]
Bharat H Gajjar, Milan Joshi Gujarat Unknown Harassment[102]
Rolly Shivhare Madhya Pradesh Unknown Harassment[10]
Jai Prakash Arya Delhi Unknown Harassment[103][dead link]
Gian Singh Delhi Unknown Harassment[103]
Ram Sagar Delhi Unknown Harassment[104]
Sumankant Raichaudhari Bihar Unknown Harassment[105]
Piyusha Tiwari Rajasthan Unknown Harassment[106]
Rayabhai Zapadiya Gujarat Unknown Harassment[107]
Razuddin Harayana Unknown Harassment[108]
Rukhminibhai Andhra Pradesh Unknown Harassment[109]
Roshan Lobo Karnataka Unknown Harassment[110]
Bhadresh Wamja Gujarat Unknown Harassment[41]
Bhanjibhai Jogel and Bharatbhai Ghughal Gujarat Unknown Harassment[41]
Lalit Mehta Jharkhand 5/15/08 Killed[111] Mehta used RTI to expose NREGA related scams. Fought for the social audit of NREGA
Kameshwar Yadav Jharkhand 6 July 2008 Killed[3] Sought information on the nexus among officers, politicians, contractors and middlemen in NREGA related irrigation projects in Deori.
Venkatesh Karnataka 4 June 2009 Killed[112]
Satish Shetty Maharashtra 1/13/10 Killed[113]
Arun Sawant Maharashtra 2 January 2010 Killed[114]
Vishram Laxman Dodiya Gujarat 2 November 2010 Killed[115]
Shashidhar Mishra Bihar 2/14/10 Killed[116]
Sola Ranga Rao Andhra Pradesh 4 November 2010 Killed[115]
Vitthal Gite Maharashtra 4/21/10 Killed[117]
Dattatraya Patil Maharashtra 5/22/10 Killed[118]
Amit Jethwa Gujarat 7/20/10 Killed[119] Used RTI to expose illegal mining in the Gir Forest area. BJP MP Dinu Boga arrested by CBI in this case. Earlier Gujarat police has given clean chit to Dinu Boga.
Vijay Pratap (alias Babbu Singh) Uttar Pradesh 7/25/10 Killed[120]
Ramdas Ghadegaonkar Maharashtra 8/27/10 Killed[121]
Sonu Haryana 2 October 2011 Killed[122]
Niyamat Ansari Jharkhand 3 February 2011 Killed[1] Exposed corruption by contractors in work under MNREGA.[1]
Amit Kapasia Gujarat 12/29/11 Killed[123]
Shehla Masood Madhya Pradesh 8/16/11 Killed[124]
S Bhuvaneswaran Tamil Nadu 1 October 2012 Killed[125]
Nadeem Saiyed Gujarat 11 May 2011 Killed (reason possibly unrelated)[126]
Ramvilas Singh Bihar 12 August 2011 Killed (reason possibly unrelated)[127]
V Balasubramanian Tamil Nadu 8/19/10 Killed(?)[128]
Jabbardan Gadhvi Gujarat 2/22/11 Suicide[129]
Ms. Poonam Solanki Gujarat 12 July 2011 Assault[44][130] Human Rights Activist
Dudhram Jaipur, Rajasthan 2 February 2012 Assault[131]
Premnath Jha Virar, Mumbai 25 Feb 2012 Killed[132] Filed several RTI queries with the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation seeking details of several construction projects
Akhil Gogoi Nalbari, Assam 5 July 2012 Assault[133]
Ramesh Agarwal Raigarh, Chhattisgarh 7 July 2012 Shot[134]
Rajesh suresh Bobade Amravati, Maharashtra 21 September 2012 Assault
Vasudeva Adiga Udupi,Karnataka 12 January 2013 Killed[135]
Ram Kumar Thakkur Ratnauli Village, Muzzafarpur District, Bihar 23 March 2013 Killed[2] Lawyer; Persisted with a legal case exposing "irregularities" in the implementation of NREGA welfare scheme in his village. Earlier, used RTI and exposed fraud involving sarpanch (village head).[2]
L.K.Thapliyal Uttarakhand 25 July 2013 Assault Beaten up by a group of men including a ranger, Devendra Baurai from the Chilawali range of Rajaji National Park. Mr L.K. Thapliyal had filed a RTI against Rajaji National Park.
Sudhir Yadav Gurgaon 06 oct 2013 Harassment[136] An RTI Activist who tried to Bring all the documents of Corruption From Villages of the Block Farrukh Nagar, Gurgaon was threaten to be killed if he continue filling the RTI against Sarpanch and keep asking about the development work.
Anoop Singh Dankaur Town, Noida December 2013 Abducted and Tortured An RTI activist was abducted from Dankaur town in Gautam Budh Nagar district on December 13, burnt with cigarette butts on his private parts and beaten with iron rods before being dumped near a petrol pump in a neighbouring district four days later.

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Chandra Mohan Sharma Noida 2 May 2014 Burnt inside car Sharma's relatives alleged he was murdered and he was getting threatening calls from the mafia whose deed he had exposed through RTI.

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Sanjay Tyagi Meerut 25 May 2014 Killed [142]