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.