Motihari (Bihar), June 19: RTI activist Rajendra Singh was shot dead in Bihar’s East Champaran district on Tuesday, said media reports. Singh had exposed many scams, including irregularities in police recruitment and the toilet-building scheme. He was shot by assailants near Mathbanwari Chawk close to Piprakothi Police Station when he was riding his motorcycle, said news18. He died on the spot. Singh had reportedly escaped three earlier attacks and he had reportedly requested senior police officials for security as he feared for his life but his request was still under process, said the report. (Also read: HC Rejects Accused ex-BJP MP’s Plea in RTI Activist Killing)
Singh was known for unearthing discrepancies in the functioning of the LIC office, irregularities in teachers’ and police recruitment. He also unearthed the misuse of government funds meant for building toilets and houses under Indira Awas Yojna. Based on his investigation, many FIRs were lodged in the local court with some cases being put on trial recently, said the report.
Meanwhile, reacting to Singh’s killing, the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of failing to maintain law and order in the state and demanded a high level inquiry into the incident. Senior party leader Alok Mehta told reporters in Patna that anyone standing up against corruption and wrongdoing was being targeted in the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government.
RTI activists are targeted by scamsters across the globe. In March this year, the body of an RTI activist was found near a bridge in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district. Police said a metal wrench was found next to the body of Poipynhun Mawjaw and preliminary probe suggested that he was hit on the head with it. Mawjaw had moved the high court against some companies alleging that they had set up their units on forest land, in violation of rules.