RTI Activist Rajendra Singh Gunned Down in Bihar

RTI activist Rajendra Singh, who had exposed several discrepancies in the Indira Awas Yojana, teacher’s appointment and Life Insurance Corporation, was shot dead in Bihar’s East Champaran district on Tuesday

The activist had requested senior police officers to provide security citing threat to his life but his petition remained under process.

  1. RTI Activist Rajendra Singh Gunned Down in Bihar.
  2. Rajendra singh had unearthed several scams.
  3. Singh was shot by assailants near Mathbanwari Chawk close to Piprakothi Police Station.

Rajendra Singh was shot thrice by assailants near Mathbanwari Chawk close to Piprakothi Police Station when he was riding his motorcycle. He was killed on the spot. Rajendra had reportedly escaped three such attacks in the past.

A case has been lodged against five named and seven unknown persons.

Bihar-based RTI activist Shiv Prakash Rai said: “… As his RTIs exposed several brokers in the Indira Awas Yojna and some insurance agents, Singh had been constantly under threat.”

Fourteen RTI activists have been killed in Bihar in past 10 years as per Indian Express report.

According to local police officials, Singh had unearthed several rackets and scams in LIC, recruitment of school teachers and financial irregularities in welfare schemes and development works in the district.

Based on his investigation, many FIRs were lodged in the local court with some cases even being put on trial recently.

The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal has meanwhile accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of failing to keep law and order in the state and demanded a high level inquiry into Singh’s killing.

Senior party leader Alok Mehta told reporters in Patna that anyone standing up against corruption and scams was being targeted in the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government.