A Proper-to-Info (RTI) activist and BJP chief of Odisha’s Jajpur district was critically injured on Saturday night when two miscreants hurled bombs on the car he was travelling in.
Sarbeswar Behura was returning residence together with one Sushant Behera from Toaramuha village in a four-wheeler at round 9 pm when two bike-borne males accosted him at Imamnagar village and hurled bombs at him. The assault left him and his co-passenger severely injured. Behura has been moved to SCB Medical School and Hospital in Cuttack metropolis.
Behura was identified for his RTI activism within the district and had turn out to be an eyesore of a number of influential individuals as a result of his RTI purposes that uncovered a number of irregularities in authorities schemes. After receiving data, the police reached the spot and despatched the injured to the hospital.
Earlier in January this yr, Odisha Lokayukta had requested the vigilance division to probe whether or not Biju Janata Dal MLA Pranab Balbantray and different authorities officers conspired to explode an irrigation embankment with dynamites that inundated 4,000 hectares of standing paddy crop in seven gram panchayats of Jajpur district after Behura lodged a criticism.
In his criticism, Behura had alleged that throughout the development work of the embankment, the MLA in collusion with a junior engineer took an enormous sum of money from the contractor following which the contractor used sub-standard materials within the development work. He alleged that to cowl up the sub-standard work, the MLA and the engineer employed miscreants to trigger breaches within the embankment through the use of dynamites to present an impression that the embankment was washed away due to the robust present of floodwater.
BJP state basic secretary Lekhashree Samantsinghar condemned the assault on Sarbeswar Behura and sought the DGP’s intervention to arrest the culprits.
In February final yr, Ranjan Kumar Das, a 35-year-old RTI activist of Kendrapara district, identified for submitting a number of RTI purposes into a number of irregularities, was discovered useless in suspicious circumstances about 2 kilometres from his residence. Das’s physique was recovered with a number of accidents on the face, alongside along with his motorbike, in a ditch by the street.
In December 2019, a 48-year-old RTI activist of Kandhamal district was shot useless by unidentified individuals in entrance of his residence. RTI activist Abhimanyu Panda was standing in entrance of his residence when two bike-borne miscreants got here and fired a bullet at him.
Pradeep Pradhan, main RTI activist and convener of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhiyan, a discussion board of RTI activists, stated RTI activists in Odisha are going through harassment and threats to relations over their RTI purposes. “Within the final 5 years, not less than 40 RTI activists within the state have been attacked after their vested pursuits had been uncovered by the RTI activists. The RTI activists are harassed, tortured and mercilessly overwhelmed up by highly effective individuals as police don’t take motion on their complaints. Regardless of a number of complaints to greater authorities for a direct investigation into FIRs lodged by RTI activists and guaranteeing their safety, the state authorities has not taken any steps on this regard,” stated Pradhan.
In 2017, Suresh Lenka, an RTI activist from Jagatsinghpur district confronted a brutal assault after his RTI purposes revealed that ₹1 lakh was allegedly misappropriated by the native Sarpanch and Panchayat Government officer from NREGA fund. His RTI activism additionally uncovered large irregularities within the distribution of homes below Biju Pucca Yojana and Indira Awas Yojana.
In January 2015, Krupasindhu Sahu, an RTI activist of Nachhinga village in Cuttack district was murdered allegedly for procuring data that uncovered corruption and monetary misappropriation within the Bringing 2nd Inexperienced Revolution in East India (BGREI) funds. Sahu was killed a month after the homicide of one other RTI activist Ganesh Chandra Panda from Rangeilunda village of Ganjam district, over exposing corruption within the Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Act scheme.