RTI activist found dead in Lonikand, Pune

He was found hanging from the ceiling.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 17, 2016 3:15 am

A 38-year-old Right to Information activist, Tukaram Chavan, resident of Pimpri Chinchwad, allegedly committed suicide by hanging at a lodge in Lonikand. The incident came to light Wednesday morning. Lonikand police, under the jurisdiction of Pune rural police said that Chavan checked into Rajvardhan Lodge in Lonikand on Tuesday afternoon. He ordered lunch and later instructed staff not to disturb him.

On Wednesday morning, when the lodge staffers went to his room to ask for tea, Chavan did not answer. They later informed police and the door was broken. He was found hanging from the ceiling. His body was handed over to his family members after post mortem. Police said that no suicide note was found near or on the body.

Popat Kurne, an RTI activist from Dehu Road who knew Chavan well, said, “He had filed several applications in the past about hospital malpractices and some issues in the industrial area. He used to consult me if he had any doubt about RTI. He never struck me as a person who would commit suicide. This case should be probed thoroughly.”

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  1. Surendera M. Bhanot
    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:27 am
    RTIFED convey its serious concern over the death, threats, molestations, etc. that has been happening to the RTI Activist, who are the messenger of the Transparency and Accountability at the High Places. The Government is not comming up to protect the lives and safety of the RTI Activists in particular and Whistleblowers in general. more that 200 RTI Activists have been so far reported to be killed threatened and molested and far more cases have been gone unreported. The will of the Politicians and the Judiciary to make themselves submissive to the Transparency Law is shameful and deplorable. Is it for the reason that they are the most vulnerable who will get exposed, is a big question???
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