RTI activist attacked by mob in Jama Masjid area

An RTI activist was attacked by a mob of about 150 men who forcibly entered her office in Jama Masjid area,Central Delhi,on Saturday around 4.30 pm.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 10, 2011 2:07 am

An RTI activist was attacked by a mob of about 150 men who forcibly entered her office in Jama Masjid area,Central Delhi,on Saturday around 4.30 pm. A case of criminal trespass and mischief has been registered at the Jama Masjid police station; no arrests have been made so far.

Police said the victim,Sheeba Fehmi,and her husband,Arshad Ali Fehmi,have been fighting against encroachments in the Jama masjid area for many years. They had filed several RTI queries on encroachments and illegal business of selling auto parts.

Sheeba has a doctorate from JNU and was at home with her husband and son at the time of the incident.

A senior police officer said the mob also damaged the furniture in her house. After a PCR call was made,the police personnel arrived at the spot and dispersed the mob.

When contacted,Sheeba said the incident was triggered by the numerous RTIs she has filed that have “hurt the vested interests” of the attackers.

“We have been filing RTIs on the economic crimes in the area. Recently,we had filed an RTI about how there is a network of money exchangers in the area who haven’t been approved by the authorities. They go around duping people,” said Sheeba.

“The men broke electronic equipment and hurled abuses at us,” she claimed.

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