RTI ac­tivist thrashed for ex­pos­ing for­mer vil­lage sarpanch in Rohtak

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA - Hardik Anand hardik.anand@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

A 35-year-old RTI ac­tivist from Kab­ulpur vil­lage in Rohtak was bru­tally beaten up af­ter his ex­pose through sev­eral RTI ap­pli­ca­tions led to an FIR against for­mer sarpanch of his vil­lage.

Vic­tim Jaipal Da­gar has been ad­mit­ted to the Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (PGIMS) with both his legs frac­tured and other in­juries af­ter be­ing al­legedly hit by iron rods.

The po­lice said Da­gar’s RTI ap­pli­ca­tions on de­vel­op­men­tal works in the vil­lage dur­ing the regime of for­mer sarpanch San­deep ex­posed sev­eral ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ex­pen­di­ture of funds.

His de­tailed com­plaint to the deputy com­mis­sioner led to an in­quiry against San­deep, who was even­tu­ally booked un­der sev­eral sec­tions of the IPC in May 2017.

In the po­lice com­plaint, Da­gar stated that ju­nior en­gi­neer (JE) Mo­han called him to meet him in the vil­lage on the pre­text of check­ing some sam­ples of sub-stan­dard ma­te­rial.

How­ever, when Da­gar went to meet the ju­nior en­gi­neer , some lo­cal goons ac­com­pa­nied by San­deep ab­ducted him and took him to a house where he was bru­tally thrashed him with iron rods.

Da­gar said that he was then taken to an agri­cul­tural field where he was fur­ther beaten up by the ac­cused. He said the ac­cused even pres­sured him to claim that he was in­jured in a road ac­ci­dent.

Based on his com­plaint, the po­lice booked five ac­cused, in­clud­ing Mo­han and San­deep, and some un­named oth­ers un­der Sec­tions 120B, 148, 149, 323, 341, 342, 365, 506 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC).

Shivaji colony SHO Naveen Ku­mar said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on and no ar­rest has been made so far.

The Haryana Soochna Ad­hikar Manch has con­demned the beat­ing up of the RTI ac­tivist. “The RTI ap­pli­ca­tion of the vic­tim es­tab­lished ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and cor­rup­tion.

The ac­cused, who have beaten up the in­no­cent man for bring­ing out truth, should be dealt strictly,” said Sub­hash, the con­vener of the manch.

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RTI ac­tivist Jaipal Da­gar at a hospi­tal in Rohtak.

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