- November 21, 2011
Comprehensive List of all the murdered RTI activists has been compiled by us and can be found here. If you want to add to this list, and share any information on the same do email us in the contact information provided.
On 5 November 2011, Nadeem Saiyed of Ahmedabad was brutally killed by being hacked to death and stabbed twenty five times. He filed about 40 RTIs with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) between 2006 and 2009, asking questions on illegal cow slaughter and beef trade in the state. They related to “rules and regulations about slaughter houses and the various actions it had taken to enforce these” or water supply and sanitation in Juhapura. He was also a key witness to the Naroda Patiya massacre during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
On 16 August 2011, Shehla Masood of Bhopal was shot at point blank range in broad daylight as she was getting into her car. She raised issues related to wildlife and forest conservation, against collusion between officials on trading of animal skins and had filed RTIs asking details about Narmada Samagraha, an NGO backed by a BJP Rajya Sabha MP. Known as a hardworking lady, she has been part of several movements and was a well known activist.
On 2 March 2011, Niyamat Ansari, a NREGA activist, was beaten to death by unidentified persons after he was dragged out of his house at Jerua village in Latehar district of Jharkhand. Mr Ansari had exposed corruption in the NREGA by contractors through the RTI Act and based on his complaints three persons, including Block Development Officer Kailash Sahu were arrested for defalcation of funds.
27 August 2010, RTI activist Ramdas Ghadegavkar (43 years) was killed allegedly for exposing corruption in public distribution system (PDS) and sand mafia in Nanded, Maharashtra.
On 25 July 2010, a Uttar Pradesh police home guard identified as Babbu Singh was killed allegedly for seeking information about government funds and work done by his village pradhan (chief) at Katghar village in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh.
On 20 July 2010, two unidentified assailants shot dead Amit Jethwa, RTI and environment activist, near the Gujarat High Court. Mr Jethwa, who was the president of Gir Nature Youth Club, had filed several petitions against the Forest Department and also filed a public interest litigation (PIL) on illegal mining in the Gir forests of Junagadh district.
On 22 May 2010, Dattatray Patil was killed allegedly for exposing various malpractices and siphoning off public funds at Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district, Maharashtra.
On 20 April 2010, RTI activist Vitthal Gite (39 years) was killed allegedly for exposing irregularities in a school at Waghbet village in Beed district of Maharashtra.
On 11 April 2010, Sola Ranga Rao was killed allegedly for seeking information about fund meant for a pipeline at Sitarampuram village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
On 26 February 2010, RTI activist Arun Sawant was killed allegedly for fighting administrative corruption in Thane in Maharashtra.
On 14 February 2010, Shashidhar Mishra was killed for exposing several scams in welfare schemes through the RTI Act at Phulwaria village under Bararuni-Phulwaria police station in Begusarai district in Bihar.
On 11 February 2010, Vishram Laxman Dodiya of Ahmedabad in Gujarat was found murdered shortly after meeting officials of Torrent Power Company. The deceased had filed an application under RTI Act to get details about the illegal electricity connection obtained by the company.
On 13 January 2010, RTI activist Satish Shetty (38 years) who exposed many land scams at Talegaon Dabhade was killed near Pune, Maharashtra.
(quoted from ACHR report “RTI activists Sitting Ducks of India”, and then subsequently added to)