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The swords that pierced democracy

india Updated: Jan 16, 2010 12:34 IST

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The swords that pierced Satish Shetty did not just kill an RTI activist but also stabbed the spirit of democracy. This poignant expression of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare sums up the sense of despair that has taken over social activists after the 38-year-old Shetty, who fearlessly used RTI Act to expose various scams in Pune district, was fatally attacked at village Talegaon on Wednesday.

Talking to PTI from Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahmednagar district where he is recuperating from an eye surgery, Hazare with whom the slain activist had worked for about seven years, said," This is a serious development as the assailants who stabbed Satish have also killed democracy."

Supporting the Shetty family's demand for a CBI probe into the murder that has rocked Maharashtra, Hazare also alleged that such a crime could not have been committed without clandestine backing of some elements who are running the government.

"This audacity to commit such a heinous crime against a person who was selflessly working for social justice by highlighting corruption, in my opinion, cannot be mustered unless the perpetrators enjoy the blessings of those who are in power," Hazare, one of the pioneers of the RTI movement in the state, remarked.