INDIA: RTI activist gets support from NGOs, individuals

Saturday 10 May 2014

Date: 9 May 2014

Type: News

Source: Times of India

Keywords: Right to information

GREATER NOIDA: A day after TOI reported that UP police allegedly mounted pressure on RTI activist Anoop Singh to force him to withdraw his complaint against contractors, NGOs and individuals working to protect the rights of whistleblowers approached Singh to extend their full support.

Singh had filed several RTI applications related to infrastructure projects, earning him the tag of a whistleblower. In December last year, he was abducted by armed men and kept captive for four days, during which he was physically tortured.

"Instead of helping, the cops mounted pressure on me to withdraw the complaint and harassed my family as well as friends," Singh alleged.

Singh said he received several calls from NGOs and social activists who wished to help him in his fight against corruption. Human Rights Law Network, a non-profit legal centre working for human rights offered support by providing legal aid, he said.

Noted lawyer Gaurav Kumar Bansal also approached Anoop to offer him legal support saying there is a need to provide protection to whistleblowers in the country. "I had been following the case and on Thursday read the TOI report on Singh. After reading the case details, I approached him for legal support to further his fight against corruption," Bansal said.

Police, however, remained silent and nobody from the administration has come forward to express their support for Singh so far.

"This reflects the administration’s apathy towards activists who have been fighting against corruption in our country," said Singh who now plans to write to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to highlight the "poor law and order situation in the state."###

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