RTI activist found dead at a farm in Morena

 Rahul Chouksey 
An RTI activist Mukesh Dubey was found dead at a farm in Matwara village in Morena district on Tuesday morning, raising questions on the safety and security of RTI activists in the state.
Dubey’s body was found by the villagers in a farm after which the local police was informed. Though the reason of his death remains unknown as of now, sources claim first he was allegedly murdered and then his body was brought to the farm and left there.
Mukesh Dubey was an RTI activist and he mainly raised issues against alleged corruption in Gram Panchayats. Interestingly, Dubey had written to the local police several times and asked for police protection, but in vain, sources close to Mukesh Dubey said.
Following his death, RTI activists from Bhopal, state capital of Madhya Pradesh, have now written to the state government demanding a CBI enquiry in this case. The state RTI activists are also planning to launch a social campaign, demanding proper investigation in this case.
“We have written to the CIC and demanded for a CBI enquiry in this case. We are also asking the state government to form a Whistleblowers Protection Policy. The Whistleblower Protection Act bill remains pending in the Centre, but the state can design a policy to protect the RTI activists. We are only asking for basic facilities and demanding that the police take our requests seriously,” veteran RTI activist Ajay Dubey told newscrust.com.
If sources are to be believed, though this being an only death of an RTI activist in last one year, there have been a case of attack in Damoh the previous year and various instances of threat calls.
“In Madhya Pradesh, at least, there are cities including Gwalior, Chambal, Rewa where political forces use all their might to stop the documents from being given. In cases which are critical, they file an FIR against the activist and try to defame us,” Dubey added.
“We are now trying to collect the data base of all the Whistle blowers in the state and give it to the SP of their respective districts as a basic precautionary measure,”  he added.

We live on the edge, receiving threats with every RTI we file

“I have received threatening calls a couple of times. When we demand papers through RTI, we know that we are well aware that we are demanding papers which would expose corruption and financial frauds. It is important we always consider what the consequences can be,”  Ajay Patidar, RTI activist said. 

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