मंगलवार, 19 जनवरी 2016

Monitoring through RTI about ATR on attack on RTI Activists

Monitoring   through RTI about Action Taken against the Culprits involved in merciless attack on RTI Activist in Odisha

on 22nd Sept. 15, Keshab Mahakud, a middle-aged, physically handicapped man ( one limb is lost )  belonging to Kashikiari  village  in  Nayagarh  district  of Odisha  fell a   victim  of  conspiracy  by a nexus of unscrupulous politicians, corrupt officials of police and administration at district level and anti-social elements, ,   for  his  constant  endeavour  to   use RTI to expose  their  illegal and ant-people activities.   On his way  to  Bus stand, a gang of 6 hooligans  ( Baru Parida, Kahnei Nayak, Nibasi Parida, Nalu Parida, Bharat Nayak, Ashok Nayak )  attacked  him and mercilessly  hit  him with lethal weapons including an iron rod damaging  his two legs and one hand permanently. All the crucial documents such as  his voter ID card and BPL Card were snatched  away by the miscreants. As a result of multiple bruises and profuse bleeding caused by this sudden but pre-meditated attack, Sri Mahakud fell unconscious and the goons abandoned him on the spot. However, after getting telephone call from some unknown source , the police staff  of Mahipur Police Outpost rescued him and sent him to Nayagarh   Hospital for treatment, where from he was again transferred  to the Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, and finally from there to the S.C.B. Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. He was discharged from Medical on 3.10.15.

His son Kuber Mahakud  had filed an FIR in Nuagaon police station on 22.9.15. Though the police registered the case  No. 59 dt. 22.9.15 , U/S-341/323/325/307/379/34 IPC, the  police did not take any steps  to arrest the accused. After the news  about  attack on Keshab Mahakud  was highlighted  in  mass media,  many RTI Activists  from different  parts of the  country wrote letter to  Chief Minister and Director General of Police,  Odisha  demanding quick  action  against the culprits and provide  protection  to Sri Mahakud.  Complaint case was also filed in Odisha Human Rights Commission and National Human Rights Commission.  

On 9.10.15, RTI Activists  of Odisha  held Dharana in front of DG, Police and submitted memorandum  seeking immediate  action  against the culprits  involved  in merciless attack on Keshab Mahakud  and enquire into  details of the factors leading to attack  on him. In the  meantime, NHRC  has also called for report  about Action Taken against the culprits  masterminded the attack.

On 28.12.15, RTI Application was submitted to the PIO, Nuagaon police station  seeking  information about details of action taken  by the Police to arrest the  accused.  On 7.1.16, the PIO  has  supplied the  information  which is  as follows.

During  course of investigation, the spot was verified . the Complainant  and witnesses were examined. The accused persons  namely Ashok Nayak, Antaryami Parida, Bharat Parida  have been arrested  and forwarded to the court  of SDJM Nayagarh  and the other accused  persons  namely Bijay Kumar Parida, Pramod Kumar parida, Hrushikesh Parida, Nalu Parida, Pradeep Nayak  have been arrested  and released on bail  as per order of High Court  of Odisha. This case was chargesheeted  on 3.12.15 vide Nuagaon PS Charge sheet No. 89.      

Pradip Pradhan
Date- 19.1.16 

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