Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 8:
Civil society organisations in Odisha will hold a meeting on at Niali boys’ high school Tuesday to protest the kidnap and murder of Krupasindhu Sahu, the RTI activist who was bumped off for seeking information on irregularities in the implementation of the BGREI scheme in Nilai block under the RTI act.
The decision was taken at the state convention of RTI activists and human rights organisations at Lohia Bhavan recently.
Pradip Pradhan, convenor of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan has request human rights activists, academicians and intellectuals to participate in the meeting in large numbers to express solidarity with and ensure justice to the bereaved family and fight corruption in the state administration.
Meanwhile, the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) has expressed deep shock and anguish over the murder of Sahu, which comes close on the heels of the alleged murder of another RTI activist Ganesh Chandra Panda in Odisha on 28th December, 2014.
“The death of Sahu under such suspicious circumstances adds to the long list of tragedies that highlight the clear and present danger all RTI users face from vested interests that are allowed to operate with impunity. NCPRI demands that the Government of Odisha act swiftly to identify Mr. Sahu’s assailants and bring them to justice. Further, we demand swift and impartial investigation into the cause and motive behind his killing,” said a statement released by NCPRI.
The NCPRI also urged the Central Government to operationalise the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Act (WBPA) in its present form by framing appropriate Rules and Regulations without further delay.
The statement was signed by Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bhardwaj, Venkatesh Nayak, Bhaskar Prabhu, Rakesh Dubuddu and Shaikh Ghulam Rasool.