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RTI activist found dead in Nanded

india Updated: Aug 30, 2010 00:46 IST

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A Right to Information (RTI) activist, who was in the forefront in exposing corruption in PDS, foodgrain and fuel distribution in the Marathwada region has been found dead in Nanded.

The death of 43-year-old Ramdas Ghadegavkar, a local Shiv Sena leader is shrouded in mystery.

Nanded police have registered a case of “sudden death”, after Ramdas’s body was discovered late Friday night in Mondha area, police said on Sunday. Post mortem report has revealed excess alcohol in his body, police said. Ramdas’s brother told police that the activist had left home around 8 am on Friday.

Ramdas’s death comes just weeks after the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethwa from Gujarat who was allegeldy killed for exposing illegal mining in the Gir forest region.

Jethwa was shot near the Gujarat high court on July 20 after he filed a public interest litigation against illegal mining.

Ramdas was active in uncovering corruption in PDS, foodgrain and fuel distribution by using RTI Act. He was a local Shiv Sena leader in Nanded and the head of the district Milk Sellers Association.

He had exposed the thriving sand mafia in the region through the RTI Act. His complaint had led the district administration to initiate action on the issue.

Sena district president Hemant Patil met senior police officials and demanded a CBI inquiry into the mysterious death of Ramdas.

Raja John Bunch, a Mumbai-based activist, who has been attacked for pursuing illegal constructions in Vasai said:“Such an incident happening in the Chief Minister’s hometown is shocking. If activists in the CM’s backyard are not safe, then what else is to be said?”