Saturday, June 19, 2010

No right to probe cops: RTI activist harassed in Bikaner

Thirty-two year old Goverdhan Singh has paid a heavy price for running a campaign against corruption in his native district of Bikaner. A 100 Right to Information (RTI) applications filed by him exposed corruption in banks and government departments, but things got uncomfortable for Goverdhan when he asked questions about the properties and assets of police personnel. Overnight there were nine FIRs lodged against him. "As soon as I filed an RTI application against the police, they started putting cases against me, so that I stop my activism," said Goverdhan. The police also raided his house, seized his car and locked his office. Goverdhan's family members say they are being constantly harassed. "The police threaten us. They say they will kill my son in an encounter," says Goverdhan's wife.

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