Saturday, October 31, 2009

Living people declared dead in Uttar Pradesh, reveals RTI

One man's Right to Information (RTI) application has led to the Uttar Pradesh land consolidation department admitting Thursday that living people were declared dead in its records due to irregularities. The matter came to light when Lal Bihari, a man who had been declared dead, sought the records through the RTI Act. "I was declared dead in the records and all my land was grabbed by the influential people of my village using forged documents," Bihari, a native of Hardoi district, said here. "After making numerous efforts to prove myself alive, I decided to file an RTI application to expose the scam." However, Bihari was provided details of only 20 such `dead' people.

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