The daughter-in-law of a Right to Information (RTI) activist who exposed a pension scam in Haryana was allegedly murdered by the village council head involved in the scam.
Sonu was killed when she tried to rescue her father-in-law, Jagdish Sharma, after the village head, Dharambir Malik, crushed Sharma’s legs under the wheels of his car near Bhuna in Fatehabad district, around 50 km from here.
A murder case has been registered against Malik, his driver Satbir Singh and three others, the police said on Saturday.
“The Toyota Innova used in the crime has also been recovered,” deputy superintendent of police Shamsher Singh Dahiya said.
Sharma and Phool Singh, both residents of Chandrawal village, had unearthed the district-wide misappropriation of pensions funds after they filed an RTI application with the local social welfare department.
It was found that money was drawn from the government treasury but not disbursed to the beneficiaries.
Subsequently, the two filed a case against the accused in the court. The court had ordered registration of a case against 14 accused, including Malik and other district officials.
On Thursday, Sharma was reportedly sitting outside his house when Malik’s Innova crushed his legs. On hearing his screams Sonu ran out and tried to rescue him. But the driver ran over her. She died in a hospital later in the day, police said.