RTI activist’s family cries foul, asks cops to change probe angle
Family members of Ravinder Balwani, the RTI activist who had died in a hit-and-run accident on April 24, have alleged foul play and requested the Delhi Police to investigate the case as one of murder.delhi Updated: May 10, 2012 00:54 IST
Family members of Ravinder Balwani, the RTI activist who had died in a hit-and-run accident on April 24, have alleged foul play and requested the Delhi Police to investigate the case as one of murder.
Balwani, who retired in 2010 as manager of Transco, was fighting against leaders of political parties and corruption in the power department.
“On the day of the accident, he was coming back from a high court hearing against a senior Transco official. He was fighting against corruption in the power department,” said Sonia Balwani, his daughter.
“We want a reinvestigation of the case. Police still haven’t taken statements from the eyewitnesses,” she added.
The family has also written to the Delhi Police commissioner. “We strongly believe that this is not a normal hit-and-run case. The file my father was carrying on that day is missing, which suggests that he was hit deliberately and someone was aware of his movements,” she added.
After being hit, Balwani was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre, where he died.
Sonia, along with her brother Varun, had rushed to B-10 market of Vasant Kunj after they were informed of the accident. “Instead of being taken to the nearest hospital, he was taken to AIIMS, where he was not given first-aid for almost 20 minutes. So far, police have claimed to have no lead on the car driver,” she further said.
Balwani was reportedly talking to an auto driver when he was hit by the car. Police have also failed to trace the auto driver.
Police said that investigations were on and allegations made by family would be investigated.
“We haven’t received any formal letter from the family. Sections can be added in the existing FIR at any point,” said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).