Gujarat: RTI activist who took on education mafia found dead in Navsari

On Wednesday night, Rajesh breathed his last and was declared dead by doctors. Punagam Police started a probe after registering a case of accidental death.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Updated: July 20, 2017 5:00 pm
Gujarat RTI activist, RTI activist dead, Gujarat RTI activist death, Gujarat education mafia, Navsari Rajesh Savaliya, 31, had launched a drive to expose the education mafia operating in the city. He had also reportedly complained to the District Education officer about a number of city schools functioning without proper licences.

An RTI activist of Surat, who was found with multiple injuries on his head and shoulder on the National Highway-8 in Navsari on Wednesday, succumbed later in the night in a private hospital.

The victim, 31-year-old Rajesh Savaliya, had launched a drive to expose the education mafia operating in the city. He had also reportedly complained to the District Education officer about a number of schools functioning without proper licences or approval letters. He is also said to have received threat calls allegedly from the education mafia, the last over a month ago.

A resident of Mahalaxmi society in Punagam area in Varachha, Rajesh’s father Vinay Savaliya told the police that his son had left house on Tuesday evening for a friend’s construction site at Pardi in Valsad district. Rajesh was given a ride in a car by one of his friend’s mother and sister who reportedly dropped him on NH-8.

On Wednesday evening, Rajesh’s friend Vijay Patel received a call from city’s Navsari Civil Hospital about him being severely injured.

Police said Vijay, along with five others, reached the hospital and learnt that the 108 ambulance services had received a call about a person found lying by the roadside near Sai Baba temple on NH-8 in Navsari. Vijay shifted Rajesh, who had received severe injuries on his head, left shoulder and stomach, to a private hospital in  Surat. Vijay informed Rajesh’s family members who also reached the hospital. On Wednesday night, however, Rajesh was declared dead by doctors.

Rajesh was cremated at Ashwanikumar cremation home in Varachha on Thursday afternoon.  Several RTI activists attended his funeral.

The Punagam Police have started a probe after registering a case of accidental death in this regard. “We have called Rajesh Savaliya’s friend who has a construction site at Pardi in Valsad district to record his statements. At present, we have registered a case of accidental death, and not of murder. We will bring out call data records of the victim and call those who had been regularly in touch with him.”

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    joseph
    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:55 am
    BJP way to deal with corruption Eliminate the person who points it out.
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      Vidya Keshwani
      Jul 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm
      This is extremely worrisome state of affairs as anyone raising voice against mafias and corrupt authorities is silenced as if we live in dictatorial state.Hope truth comes out and guilty are punished.
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        Vinayak
        Jul 21, 2017 at 11:30 am
        Truly sad state of affairs in this new age India. RTI activists who have the balls to stand up against present corruption don't have any protection. The fact that the mafia and corrupt installments find it so easy to murder RTI activists and get away with it, itself tells a lot about the perception of police force capabilities and law and order of the state. I am sure because of our population, ratio of police per capita must be abysmally low so one can't expect protection from police all the time but nonetheless, something needs to be done about such killing of innocent activists. Unfortunately, this incident will be forgotten within a week by the general public. While I myself have no solution I would ask people to sign this following pe ion and spread the word. s: change /p/dr-jitendra-singh-remove-regressive-provisions-from-proposed-rti-rules
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          Vinayak
          Jul 21, 2017 at 11:36 am
          I think indian express should improve their offensive word filtering engine. I would ask people to sign this following pet-ition and spread the word. ???[dot]change[dot]org/p/dr-jitendra-singh-remove-regressive-provisions-from-proposed-rti-rules
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        2. Jagdish Chandra
          Jul 21, 2017 at 5:00 am
          It seems, injury marks at his head along with his body was not sufficient evidence for law enforcement agency to registered FIR under sever murder case in place of light Road accident. Here it is significant to remind that A s Officer (grade A officer) for the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) who was murdered for sealing a corrupt petrol station in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP. All this happening due to laxity of administration or protect the thugs of political outfits. Indian politician enjoying aristocracy of politics sync to Royal family of pre-independence India without substance with the name of public representatives but in real manner they are black-dot at India forehead and it appear there is remote chance of reform of politics.
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            Vinny
            Jul 21, 2017 at 12:40 am
            It is rebirth of Naa zi Germany. This is just the beginning. This is how encounters carried out in 2002 and later.
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