RTI Activist was threatened to withdraw RTI Application or face dire consequence by hooligans backed by corrupt officials in Niali Block of Cuttack district, Odisha
It was 30th January 2015, martyrdom day of Krupasindhu Sahu, RTI Activist of Niali Block of Cuttack district who was murdered by dreaded criminals backed by powerful political people for his effort to expose huge corruption and irregularities in Paddy cultivation under BGREI Scheme. After hue and cry by RTI Activists and Human Rights Groups and demonstration at Bhubaneswar, this murder case was handed over to Crime Branch for enquiry. The Crime Branch enquiry is in mystery. Now a Writ petition has been filed in High Court seeking CBI inquiry into it.
In same Niali Block, another RTI Activist has been threatened of dire consequence by the politically influential people and hooligans and asked to withdraw his RTI Application. Sri Pabitra Bhoi, a Dalit boy had submitted RTI Application dated 14.7.15 to the PIO, office of Anlo Gram Panchayat of Niali Block of uttack district seeking information about details of houses sanctioned to different people under Indira Awas Yojana, Mo Kudia Yojana. It is needless to mention here that there is huge corruption and irregularities noticed in allotment of houses under these schemes in each Gram Panchayat of Niali Block. The political people of Ruling party having pucca building have taken money for houses under these schemes by using their political influence. It is big scam in Niali Block.
Sri Umesh Ch. Behera, PIO of Anlo Panchayat informed about RTI Application and RTI Applicant immediately to the people who have taken IAY house illegally. On 19.7.15, a group of people Sri Bishwanath Behera, Jairam Behera and many others reached his house at evening and chided him referring his caste “Kandara” and using slang language. On return from his house, they threatened him to withdraw RTI Application otherwise prepared to face consequence. These people are known dreaded criminals in that area.
Now, Pabitra has filed complaint to Niali Police Station and SP, Cuttack on 20.7.15 to take action against these people and provide him protection. As reported by Pabitra, SP, Cuttack took it very casually and advised him to meet Collector. However, Pabitra argued with him that this is the responsibility of the SP to enquire into the matter not the Collector and returned from SP office. Pabitra apprehended that at any time he may face attack from these people, as he is determined not to withdraw RTI Application. Pabitra may be contacted in his mobile 8598087311.
Finding no response from SP, Cuttack, A memorandum has been submitted by OSAA ( Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan) to the DG, Police to direct the SP, Cuttack to conduct an enquiry into the matter.