Thursday, January 06, 2011

RTI activist who took on Shiv Sena man beaten up

In the continuing attacks on Right to Information (RTI) activists, Yashwant Gavand (42), who took on a Shiv Sena corporator over alleged encroachments and undeclared assets, was severely beaten up by over two dozen people in a city locality on Sunday. Gavand, who is recovering at Mulund General Hospital for multiple injuries, said he had evidence proving that Bhandup corporator Suresh Shinde had several assets, which he had not declared to the Election Commission during the last elections. ‘‘Using the RTI documents, I filed a writ petition before the high court in 2010,’’ Gavand told The Times Of India. Police said the attack came after the municipal commissioner on December 15 ordered the ward officer to complete an inquiry by March 15 this year against Suresh Shinde against whom the victim had filed writ petitions. ‘‘Gavand availed of RTI that showed the corporator’s links to illegal structures and activities in Bhandup,’’ said Gavand’s friend Taranath Shetty.

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