Three RTI activists whom Kejriwal paid homage are alive

Kejriwal started his speech on Saturday by reading an obituary note in which he called some RTI activists as martyrs for the cause of society.

Ahmedabad | Published:March 10, 2014 4:55 am
After his four-day tour of the state to “inspect” the development as claimed by BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, Kejriwal held a road show and later addressed a rally. (PTI) After his four-day tour of the state to “inspect” the development as claimed by BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, Kejriwal held a road show and later addressed a rally. (PTI)

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal committed a gaffe at his rally here when he paid homage to four RTI activists, of whom three happen to be alive.

Kejriwal started his speech on Saturday by reading an obituary note, in which he named Amit Jethwa, Bhagu Dewani, Jaysukh Bhambhaniya and Manisha Goswami as martyrs for the cause of society.

“First of all, I want to pay homage to those who have sacrificed their lives in the last 10 years while fighting against corruption in Gujarat,” Kejriwal said, adding that he paid homage to all of them “from the bottom of my heart”.

After his four-day tour of the state to “inspect” the development as claimed by BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, Kejriwal held a road show and later addressed a rally.

Of the four RTI activists he named, only Jethwa is dead. He was killed on July 20, 2010 in front of the Gujarat High Court, allegedly by mining mafia. But the other three are very much alive.

Dewani (64), a lawyer from Porbandar district, told PTI: “I was attacked three years back, but right now my health is quite good…and my fight against corruption is on. “I am likely to join AAP very soon. Kejriwal can provide good leadership to the RTI activists like us, Dewani added.

On July 25, 2011, he was pulled out of his car in Porbandar by five-six people and stabbed in his stomach, but he survived. He had alleged minister Babu Bokhiria was responsible. He had also filed a petition in the HC, accusing Bokhiria of running illegal mines in the Porbandar district.

Jaysukh Bhambhania (42) said, “I am fortunate to be alive after an attack on August 24, 2011. I was attacked with swords and pipes followed by a failed acid attack, after I had filed an RTI application regarding construction of a restaurant and bogus license issued by RTO to bike-vendors.”

Manisha Goswami was attacked on September 21, 2011, following her RTI petition seeking details of environment clearances obtained by a private firm.

When questioned, AAP’s Gujarat convener Sukhdev Patel said, “I was not there, but I will certainly check this out.”

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    ckm
    Mar 10, 2014 at 1:35 am
    mistakes should be corrected and due apologies, as appropriate, may be issued. Has the heaven fallen?
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      Narayan Deshpande
      Mar 10, 2014 at 3:19 am
      Kejriwal is media hungry. He should have ascertained facts from concerned families before speaking. just want publicity.
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        Vikram Babu
        Mar 10, 2014 at 1:06 am
        lol..., the real feku kejriwal..., shazia ilmi might be his guru....,
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          Prashant Saxena
          Mar 10, 2014 at 4:07 am
          Kejri Ji, aren't you afraid as to what kind of future your kids might face? Atleast have a little shame left for them. You already doomed them by faking a swear on them!You are getting exposed everyday. You seem to be the only clean one and everyone else who disagrees with you is totally corrupt! Get well soon.
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            pia
            Mar 10, 2014 at 3:13 am
            “First of all, I want to pay homage to those who have sacrificed their lives in the last 10 years while fighting against CORRUPTION IN GUJARAT,” Kejriwal said, adding that he paid homage to all of them “from the bottom of my heart”.
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              nbp
              Mar 10, 2014 at 2:12 am
              It shows how much we should belive in kejriwal speeches
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