The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Maharashtra government on the death of RTI activist Vilas Baravkar, who had alleged harassment by officials.
Baravkar (52) allegedly committed suicide in his house. In a suicide note, he accused 52 people, several of them relatives, of arassing him. The note names 27 police personnel, including four IPS officers.
The NHRC, taking suo motu cognizance issued notices to Maharashtra Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to file a report within two weeks. “If true, it raises a serious issue of violation of human rights of an RTI activist,” an NHRC press release stated.
“Baravkar left a suicide note alleging that several prominent politicians and top serving and retired officers of Indian Police Service in Maharashtra were harassing him,” the NHRC added.
The police said that Baravkar had filed several RTI applications regarding local issues related to land and co-operative banks in Chakan as well as in Rajgurunagar and had been given police protection for the past four years due to threat perception.