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RTI activist who fought land mafia killed in Pune

india Updated: Jan 14, 2010 00:10 IST
HT Correspondent

Four days after unidentified persons fired outside the south Mumbai house of civic activist Nayana Kathpalia, Right To Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty was murdered this morning in Pune.

Shetty, who led a crusade against illegal land transactions in Pune district’s Lonavala, lived in Talegaon Dabhade on the old Mumbai-Pune highway, 40 km from Pune. The 39-year-old was returning from his morning walk on Wednesday when a group of unidentified persons attacked him with sharp weapons.

He sustained serious injuries all over the body. His brother, Sandeep, rushed him to Pawna Hospital at Somatane Phata, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. No arrests had been made until late on Wednesday night.

Sandeep lodged a complaint with Talegaon Dabhade police station saying his brother had received threatening phone calls for the past few days over a land transaction in Maval taluka (sub-district), on which he had sought information under RTI.

Sandeep, in his complaint, named a city businessman closely associated with politicians.

Shetty, an activist of Bhrashtacharvirodhi Dakshata Samiti (anti-corruption vigilance committee), had used the RTI to make the government take action against illegal transactions. He was associated with anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare.