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As reported by IANS in expressbuzz.com on 13 January 2010:RTI activist Satish Shetty killed near Pune

 

RTI activist Satish Shetty killed near Pune

 

PUNE: Leading Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty - who exposed many land scams in Maharashtra - was killed by unidentified men while on a morning walk at Talegaon on the outskirts of this city Wednesday.

 

"Around 7.15 a.m., when Shetty was on his morning walk, some unidentified people assaulted him and injured him seriously. He was rushed to a private hospital, but succumbed later," Pradeep Aphale, investigating officer of Talegaon Police Station, told IANS.

 

According to a colleague, 38-year-old Shetty left home around 6.45 a.m. for his usual morning walk when some people attacked him with swords near Bhandari Hospital.

 

Shetty, a systematic whistleblower, was credited with throwing light on several major land scams in the picturesque Talegaon-Lonavala regions, now a favourite with realtors in the state.

 

He shot to fame after exposing certain corrupt land deals in and around the country's first expressway, the Mumbai-Pune expressway, over a decade ago.

 

Condemning the incident, leading Mumbai crusader Sumaira Abdulali said this comes barely a week after the attack on another prominent Mumbai social activist Nayana Kathpalia and threats to Neera Punj of Citispace.

 

"This has become a trend and social activists are considered soft targets, the government must take immediate steps to stop such attacks," Abdulali, convenor of Movement against Intimidation, Threats and Revenge against Activists (MITRA), told IANS.

 

MITRA has sent letters to Home Minister R.R. Patil listing the attacks suffered by activists in the past few years.

 

Abdulali was threatened and assaulted in May 2004, H.S. D'Lima of Citispace threatened and assaulted in March 2005, James John of AGNI was threatened and assaulted in March 2006, activist Edwin Britto was threatened and attacked in 2000 and again in June 2005, Suryakant Panchal of BEAG was assaulted in June 2004, Anandini Thakoor and Aftab Siddiqui got threats in July 2005, January 2009 and mobbed thrice, Navin Pandya of AGNI was threatened and attacked in September 2009, S. Ganesan was threatened and attacked in November 2002, and Navleen Kumar was attacked in 2002.

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Satish Shetty was killed allegedly by unidentified assailants on Wednesday at Talegaon Dabhade, about 40 km from here.

Shetty (38) was taking a walk this morning when masked men attacked him with swords, they said. He died on the spot.

 

Shetty was actively involved in the anti-corruption movement launched by social worker Anna Hazare invoking the Right to Information (RTI) act in Maharashtra.

 

He had also campaigned against some irregularities in land transactions in Maval taluka here.

 

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Pradip Shah

horrifying blood boiling Murder. Time has come for RTI activist to seek Police protection.This case must be handed over to CBI for investigation.

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Atul Patankar

As reported at dnaindia.com on January 13, 2010

 

Pune: Social activist Satish Shetty, was murdered at Talegaon Dabhade, about 40 km from here, by unidentified assailants today, police said.

 

 

Shetty who had left house for a morning walk, was attacked with swords by masked men. He died on the spot.

 

 

The 38-year-old Shetty was actively involved in the anti-corruption movement launched in Maharashtra by social worker Anna Hazare invoking the Right to Information (RTI) act.

He had also campaigned against some irregularities in land transactions in Maval taluka of Pune district.

 

 

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_social-activist-killed-in-pune-by-unidentified-assailants_1334263

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Atul Patankar

As reported at deccanherald.com on January13, 2010

 

Land scams whistleblower killed in Maharashtra

A social activist who had shot to fame after exposing certain corrupt land deals in Maharashtra through the Right to Information Act (RTI) was killed by unidentified people at Talegaon on the outskirts of Pune on Wednesday.

Satish Shetty was on his morning walk when some unidentified people assaulted him and injured him seriously. He was rushed to hospital where he died, Pradeep Aphale, investigating officer at the Talegaon police station, said.

 

The 38-year-old Shetty had left home around 6:45 am when the assailants attacked him with swords near Bhandari Hospital.

 

Shetty was involved in the anti-corruption movement launched by social worker Anna Hazare. He was credited with throwing light on several major land scams in the picturesque Talegaon-Lonavala region between Mumbai and Pune, now a favourite with realtors in the state.

 

He shot to fame after exposing certain corrupt land deals in and around the country’s first expressway, the Mumbai-Pune expressway, over a decade ago.

Condemning the incident, leading Mumbai crusader Sumaira Abdulali said this comes barely a week after the attack on another prominent Mumbai social activist Nayana Kathpalia and threats to Neera Punj of Citispace. “This has become a trend and social activists are considered soft targets. The government must take immediate steps to stop such attacks,” Abdulali, convener of Movement against Intimidation, Threats and Revenge against Activists (MITRA), said.

 

He wrote to Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, listing several attacks on activists in past few years

 

Source: Land scams whistleblower killed in Maharashtra

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Atul Patankar

As reported by MANOJ MORE , Chandan Haygunde at indianexpress.com on january 14, 2010

Man who used RTI as weapon is hacked to death near Pune

 

 

Pune : Satish Shetty, who had been invoking the Right to Information Act to wage a lonely battle against the land mafia in the Maval area of Pune district, was hacked to death early this morning in Talegaon. Shetty, officials said, had brought to light a string of irregularities in Maval comprising the areas of Lonavla, Talegaon and Dehu Road. His family alleged those he had exposed were behind the murder.

DIG (Registration) Chintamani Joshi said a complaint by Shetty brought to light a fake registration racket in Maval. “A sub-registrar has been suspended after an investigation conducted by the Thane DIG. The investigation was launched after Shetty complained. It is still going on. Several tax evasion cases have been detected. Government land had been sold without permission of the competent authority,” he said.

Police said Shetty was on a morning walk around 7 am when he stopped near Madhumati Apartment to pick up newspapers. Three masked men attacked him with sharp weapons. Shetty tried to escape but the men chased him and inflicted several injuries on the head. Alerted by local residents, his younger brother Sandeep reached the spot and took Shetty to the Pavana Hospital where he was declared dead.

“My brother had exposed as many as 12 frauds using the RTI Act. Those he exposed killed my brother,” alleged Sandeep. “My brother lay in a pool of blood on the road for half-an-hour. But nobody came forward to take him to hospital.”

He said Satish had filed an application with the Talegaon Dabhade police recently, saying there was threat to his life.

DSP Shrikrishna Kokate said: “Protection was not given to Shetty immediately because there is a process of verification that has to be completed before providing police bandobast.”

RTI activists said they have sent a fax to the Maharashtra Home Minister for a CID probe into the killing

 

Source: Man who used RTI as weapon is hacked to death near Pune

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rajyadav017

Horryfying incident ,Its the lackness on the part of police to provide protection to the social activists despite asking the protection. Who is responsible to this loss. Its the nexuses between the mafia+ politician+beaurocrats. Its high time that renowed activists should be provided the police protection as they are working against the vested interest of mafia .

 

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Atul Patankar

As reported at ptinews.com on 14 january, 2010

 

Satish Shetty murder case:4 detained for questioning

 

Pune, Jan 14 (PTI) Four persons were detained today in connection with the murder of social activist Satish Shetty at Talegaon village near here, police said.

 

Shetty, who unearthed many land scams using RTI in Pune district, was fatally attacked yesterday by two unidentified assailants when he was out for a morning stroll at Talegaon, about 40 km from here. He died on the spot.

 

Residents of Talegaon observed a bandh in protest against the killing of the 38-year-old-activist who was closely associated with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

 

No formal arrest has been made so far in the case, police said.

 

Source: fullstory

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As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 14 January 2010

 

PUNE: Police have detained four persons for interrogation in connection with the murder of social activist Satish Shetty at Talegaon village near here.

 

Shetty, who unearthed many land scams using Right to Information (RTI) in Pune district, was fatally attacked on Wednesday by two unidentified assailants when he was out for a morning stroll at Talegaon where he lived.

 

He succumbed to death before admission to hospital. Residents of Talegaon observed a Bandh in protest against the killing of the 38-year-old-activist who was closely associated with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

 

No formal arrest has so far been made in the case, police sources said.

 

Source: Pune: 4 held in RTI activist's murder case - Pune - City - The Times of India

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As reported at ibnlive.in.com on 14 January, 2010

He got threat calls: Murdered RTI activist's brother

 

Mumbai: Four people have been detained by the Pune police in the RTI activist Satish Shetty’s murder case on Wednesday morning.

Satish was hacked to death by unidentified men on Wednesday in Talegoan in Maharashtra.

Satish was credited with exposing several land scams in the Talegaon-Lonavala region, a favourite with realtors in the state.

In fact, he shot into fame after exposing corrupt land deals in and around the country's first expressway from Mumbai to Pune over a decade ago.

CNN-IBN talked to Satish's brother Sandeep Shetty who said his brother used to get threat calls.

CNN-IBN: He had been receiving a lot of threat calls, in fact he had also lodged a complaint with the police, in fact on today (Thursday) was the day when he was supposed to have received police protection.

Sandip Shetty: Recently he was involved in RTI about some land grabbing cases on the Expressway where people involved were very high profile and he had some calls and then he started believing that he had security threats and he had registered his application with the Superintendent Of Police (SP) office for police protection. But the day before police protection arrived, they did it.

CNN-IBN:You just went to the police station as well, what is the administration as well as the police telling you right now?

Sandip Shetty: Well, there is no information whatsoever. I asked them about the crime site investigation, they don't have much about it. They are saying that they are rounding up people. As I said that because there are lot of powerful people involved, they are going to be under a lot of pressure. The more shocking thing for me was to see was that the common people who were there, for whom he (Satish) was working, were also not there to help him and that is what we need to change. We need people to take the initiative to go ahead and help people.

 

 

Source: He got threat calls: Murdered RTI activist's brother

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vijendra singh

If the govt, judiciary want to respect the Indian laws including the RTI Act05; the Bombay High court, & Supreme court of India, & the Chief minister of Maharashtra must immediately suo moto order the CBI inquiry in the RTI man murder.

Actually this murder was not of a person ; but was murder of the Holy Indian Law.

Prime Minister, Home Minister, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi , Minister of DoPT P.Chavan must not sit silent on such murder of Constitution of India.

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Bagban

It is not the death of Satish Shetty but of the Democracy, a threat given to all the RTI users and activist.

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karira

As reported by Tarun Nangia in indianexpress.com on 15 January 2010:

RTI activist murder: Firm official questioned

 

RTI activist murder: Firm official questioned

 

A day after Pune-based Right To Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty was brutally murdered, the police have started questioning those linked to the cases exposed by Shetty. Superintendent of Police, Pune Rural, Pratap Dighavkar said five investigation teams have been set up.

 

Deputy Superintendent Shrikrishna Kokate said companies that had been affected by Shetty’s RTI queries would be questioned. Shetty’s brother Sandeep had named companies in the list of suspects in his police complaint.

 

“So far we have no clue about the assailants. But we have confirmed that after the murder, they escaped from the spot on a motorcycle. We are probing whether they were contract killers,” he said. Four persons have been detained for questioning.

 

Police are also trying to determine if a criminal from Talegaon, who was booked under MCOCA and is now untraceable, was behind the murder.

 

According to DIG (Registration) Chintamani Joshi, it was a complaint by Shetty that brought to light a fake land registration racket in Maval. “An investigation confirmed that government land had been sold without permission of competent authority. Investigation is on and several tax evasion cases have been detected,” he said.

 

‘Whenever denied information, he used RTI’

 

PUNE: Satish Shetty started getting involved in public issues after a bitter experience with the police 20 years ago. “Our whole family was harassed, Satish and me and our father were beaten up by the police after a waiter working for an eatery that my father used to run died,” says Shetty’s younger brother Sandeep.

 

That incident in 1990 shaped Shetty’s resolve, he says, and once the RTI Act came into being in October 2005, he made extensive use of it. “Whenever Satish was denied information, he used RTI as his weapon.”

 

Shetty used it to uncover scams, mostly related to land, PDS and illegal structures, and also advised people how to use the RTI as a weapon to get justice. Many aggrieved people used to come to him for guidance, Sandeep says.

 

“In 2006, using the RTI Act, he exposed Krushna Karke, former city president of the Talegaon Municipal Council (TMC), who had built his bungalow in 2003 on land which belonged to the Railways. This led to the illegal structure being demolished in 2007, and a hue and cry in political circles. He did not stop at that, during the same year taking on an influential builder,” says advocate Sushilkumar Pise, who was associated with Shetty for the last five years.

 

Using RTI, he took on Pune zilla parishad member Nitin Sable, who is now facing a case over “illegal” acquisition of 11 acres of land, as well as exposed the “nexus” between Talegaon Municipal Council officials and a private businessman, Sandeep says. A marriage hall owner who was affected as a result had attacked Shetty, following which he had filed a complaint, says Arun Mane, a close friend.

 

However, the biggest scam Shetty unveiled through RTI involved 3,000 acres of land in Maval taluka, which were allegedly allotted to big companies through “collusion” with officials in the local town planning department. “It highlighted use of forged documents to acquire land along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. A sub-registrar was suspended after the state government instituted an inquiry,” says Sandeep. It was tragic that the government could do nothing to save his brother’s life, Sandeep adds, as it was no secret that because of his crusades against the land mafia, he had become an eyesore for the high and mighty.

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rejimonck

There is need to be one Umberla organisation for all RTI Activist across the country. The time has come.

This I was requested time and again to leading activists.

 

However, I am hopeful that will evolve that very soon.

 

I would appeal on the leading activist to take the matter to logical conclusion.

 

Rejimon

 

HC seeks report on Shetty’s death

 

(Our political Bureau & Agencies)

 

ECONOMIC TIMES, 15.1.2010. (Page 2.)

 

 

 

MUMBAI: Taking a suo motu note of the murder of social activist Satish Shetty and the apparent lawlessness in the state, the Bombay high court on

 

 

 

Thursday directed the state DGP to file a report within a week on the investigations.

 

A division bench of Justices F I Rebello and J H Bhatia also mentioned the recent attack at the residence of Naina Katpalia, a Mumbai-based activist and a member of NGO Cityspace, which filed a PIL in the high court. Mentioning reports about Mr Shetty, the court said: “This incident came immediately after attack on another activist (Kathpalia) who is a petitioner before this court.”

 

“Such incidents are to dissuade public interest litigants from approaching courts. So this court cannot close its eyes to the incidents; and takes suo motu notice, especially that of murder of Mr Shetty.” The court also asked the DGP to file an affidavit about ‘threat perception’ to other activists in the state, within a week. The HC also directed the advocate-general to take instructions from the government in this regard. But on its part, the government preferred to keep mum on the issue. An otherwise camera-friendly home minister R R Patil has not issued any statement regarding the incident.

 

However, a home ministry spokesperson admitted that significant rise in such incidents have impacted the state’s image. According to the Maharashtra home ministry sources, the Pune police have nabbed four persons in connection with Mr Shetty’s murder. Efforts are also on to find out why he was deprived of police protection even after receiving threats.

 

Mr Shetty apparently had informed the local police station about the threat calls. The police even had decided to provide him round-the-clock protection. But the killers got him even before the security guards were deployed. “This also indicates that the perpetrators might have been aware of the police’s move,” a home ministry official said. “Investigations are also on to find the cause of delay,” he said.

 

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Subject : Brutal Murder of RTI Activist Satish Shetty.

 

 

We condemn the brutal murder of Mr. Satish Shetty. The reports and records clearly indicate he was fighter for our nation in the plain dress against the deep routed corruption. Like many other leading RTI Activist he used RTI Application to unearth the corruption. This is not the first case, there were similar case reported from across the country and threat even loom around many RTI Activists.

 

1. We demand immediately the Govt of India should constitute enquiry and bring the report to public within 7 days. We demand either a sitting judge or CBI enquiry.

 

2. Any request from any of the RTI Applicants who face the life threat must be immediately provided protection by concerned state police. The Home Minister and Home Secretary must issue direction immediately to this effect.

 

These RTI Activist are also the soldiers of this great nation and an asset to nation. They are serving the nation acting in a manner protecting the vital assets, economy, system and need protection.

 

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Atul Patankar

Many leading Marathi papers have written editorials condemning the killing of mr. Satish Shetty.

 

Here are a few links:

Maharashtra Times

eSakal

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Nitin Brahme at punemirror.in on January 14, 2010

The man who asked too much

 

For the land mafia and other merchants of corruption, killing RTI activist Satish Shetty was the only way out. Over Rs 4,000 crore, at least, was riding on scams he dared to expose. His colleagues say builders may have engineered the hit

 

 

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Satish Shetty

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T Christy

 

Elsewhere...

Bangalore: Three years ago, T Christy (38) blew the lid off a power theft where his landlord was involved.

 

Now, he has been running from pillar to post to see that disciplinary action is taken against two policemen who allegedly with his landlord tortured him.

 

But now, the file pertaining to his case is ‘lost’.Christy’s former landlord was supplying water to nearly 30 tenants using power meant for agricultural purposes (for which tariff is low) and collecting money from them.

 

He complained to the vigilance unit of BESCOM, which found Anthony guilty of misusing power supplied.

 

A fine of Rs 12,000 was slapped on the landlord.

 

Then a false extortion case was filed against him in 2008.

 

A Sub-Inspector Shankarappa pressured him to keep quiet, saying he would get him Rs 50,000 from Anthony.

 

He even threatened to kill him.

 

Christy was beaten up released after four hours.

 

Christy then approached the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), which found the two policemen guilty of acting at the behest of Anthony.

 

The rights panel recommended exemplary action against the cops.

Even as the police claim that murdered Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty made several enemies because of his activism, Shetty’s colleagues — Kishor Kavde and Arun Mane — are pointing fingers at the land scam involving Indian Road Builder (IRB) in Lonavla as the main reason behind his death.

 

They also said that he was investigating four major scams at the time of his death. Such has been the intensity of the crime that even Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been forced to admit that it is a “serious matter”.

 

He said, “The police will inquire into everything in detail. But if required, the government will intervene to provide

whatever help, as may be required, in the investigation.”

 

Shetty was killed by unidentified persons while he was out for a morning walk on Wednesday. Though he was rushed to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

 

Shetty was district convenor of Bhrashtachar Dakshata Samiti. Kavde said, “We had already demanded details on the fake land registration at Lonavla. Following our demand, the IRB and Sable-Waghire’s land scams were exposed.”

 

Mane said, “The entire Maval taluka is being exploited by land mafia. At least one farmer from the area used to approach Shetty every day for help in the matter.

 

But other than this matter, we were also working on the fake ration card scam, illegal construction of Vaishali wedding hall and illegal construction by a corporator.”

 

What could lead to Shetty’s murder?

 

IRB’s land scam

Shetty and his colleagues exposed the land scam near Lonavla. Some farmers gave information to Shetty about illegal land dealings in Taje and Pimpawadi villages.

 

Shetty obtained information under RTI. It emerged that IRB had grabbed 2,800 acres of land in the villages, which belonged to the government, and is in the vicinity of the Expressway.

 

A conservative estimate of the money riding on the project: 2,800 acre multiplied by Rs 1.4 crore (rough estimate of pricing) equals: 3,920 crore.

 

IRB scam led to fake registration

The circle officer of Lonavla, Ashwini Khirsagar, registered the fake documents of land purchase. She was exposed by Shetty following an RTI plea in September 2009, in which Shetty demanded inquiry into 3,000 registrations done by Khirsagar.

 

Out of those, 1,000 registrations were found to be fake. She was also arrested in the case. She is currently out on bail and suspended from duty. Inquiry in this case is on.

 

From fake registration emerged another land scam

In this land scam, one more matter was exposed. Nitin Sable, director of Sable-Waghire Company and vice president of Pune District Education Board, had registered the 11-acre land of Adegaon.

 

But it emerged that the land had already been sold to somebody else 10 years back.

 

Ration card scam

Shetty dug out information about ration cards in Talegaon and 200 fake cards were found in Babulal Nalband’s shop. His licence was cancelled and he was fined.

 

But he managed to get the licence back. Then Shetty and his colleagues filed a PIL in Bombay High Court against the granting of the licence in August 2009.

 

Illegal construction of Hotel Rohit

The construction of Hotel Rohit, which is located at Talegaon Chakan Road, was proved to be illegal. The hotel is being run by Girish Kher, corporator of Talegaon council. Shetty had demanded cancellation of Kher’s corporatorship just last week.

 

Wedding Hall Issue

Shetty had applied for information related to the illegal construction of Vaishali Wedding Hall, beside Pune-Mumbai Highway.

 

The hall is owned by Pilaji Sarode, father of Rajesh Sarode, who is member of the School Board of Talegaon Municipal Council. There has been no response in the case as yet.

 

Source: The man who asked too much, News - Latest - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror

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shail6675

Hi All,

 

Please join me in offering deepest condolences to the family of martyr & RTI activist Mr. Satish Shetty, who was murdered in cold blood at Pune, 2 days ago.

 

He was a eminent RTI activist and had exposed many corruption cases through info obtained from RTI. However, his sacrifice should not be invain and need more consolidated effort from all of us esp to increase awareness of RTI in public, to seek its effective implementation, and bring positive change in society at large. Thanks.

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shail6675

we need to do something to show our anger against this, anything some sort of protest to show to the govt that this will not be tolerated. Lets organized some protest. ITs high time now !!!

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karira
we need to do something to show our anger against this, anything some sort of protest to show to the govt that this will not be tolerated. Lets organized some protest. ITs high time now !!!

 

This is only a discussion portal on the RTI Act 2005.

 

We do not organise or initiate any campaigns or protests.

 

Kindly read forum rules here:

 

http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/forum-rules.html

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Atul Patankar

Here is link to another editorial, this one from express group marathi daily, loksatta.

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Samir S

I logged in today JUST to express my grief over this ruthless killing, I had no idea who this Mr.Shetty is, but when i learnt he was an RTI activist, i could understand he must have ruffled too many feathers, and used his "weapon" to kill corruption in the society.

 

The fact that an RTI activist get KILLED, stands testimony to the powerful weapon that RTI is, Using just RTI he exposed many wrong doings in the Government, and unmasked a lot of officers. His RTI applications were striking deep, and striking really hard.

 

Now that a handful GOONS have managed to silence his voice, lets pray his cause and his "weapon" finds more takers, and continue to strike fear in the heart of the corrupt.

 

Mr.Shetty was surely not "killed", he was "Martyred" !

 

May God bless his soul.

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Atul Patankar

As reported at ptinews.com on 16 January 2010

  • Three persons held in Pune RTI activist murder case

Pune, Jan 16 (PTI) Three persons, including a lawyer, have been arrested in connection with the murder of RTI activist and graft whistle-blower Satish Shetty at Talegaon near here, police said today.

 

The trio was held late last night, they said.

 

The lawyer, Vijay Dabhade, allegedly had an old enmity with Shetty who had exposed many land scams in the Maval region, sources said.

 

The slain activist had lodged complaints against Dabhade in the past for attacking him, they said. Two others held in the case were Pramod Waghmore and Parshuram Telgu.

 

Shetty was murdered by two unidentified assailants at Talegaon, a small village about 45 km from here, on January 13 when he was taking a morning walk.

 

The arrested persons would be produced in a court at Wadgaon in Maval taluka, police said.

 

Police faced flak from Shetty's family members and social activists of various shades for "slow" response in the case.

 

Source: fullstory

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Payal Banerjee at punemirror.in on January 17, 2010

 

‘I screamed for help, but no one stopped’

 

Newspaper vendor Vandana Gajanand, first to witness Shetty’s plight, begged passers-by and motorists for help to take him to the hospital just 100 feet away, but failed

 

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Shop in front of which Shetty collapsed

The woman who was the first to witness Right to Information (RTI) Act activist, Satish Shetty’s plight after his gruesome murder on the morning of January 13, is yet to recover from the shock and the trauma of the incident.

 

While the cold-blooded manner in which Shetty was hacked to death has rocked the city, the apathy of passers-by that fateful day is sure to haunt Vandana Gajanand for a long time to come.

 

Vandana is a resident of Talegaon and owner of the newspaper stall in Talegaon Dabhade near which Shetty had stopped for his daily dose of news when he was attacked.

 

‘NO ONE STOPPED TO HELP’

Recounting her harrowing experience, a shuddering and stammering Vandana told Pune Mirror, “Satish Shetty lay in a pool of blood in front of my shop, groaning with pain.

 

I sought help from motorists and rickshawallas passing by but nobody stopped and came to help.”

 

‘I COULD HEAR HIS SCREAMS’

Vandana said, “Every morning Shetty would take a walk from his house till the highway. On his way back, he would stop at my newspaper stall and sit for about 30 minutes reading papers. Just behind the stall is the Hari OM shop owned by my husband, where I’d go while Shetty sat reading.

 

On January 13 too, Shetty was at my stall reading papers. I went inside the shop to boil milk. My husband was not around.

 

Suddenly, I heard screams and instinctively hid under the counter, fearing the worst. I could hear Shetty screaming in pain, but I was too scared to come out.

 

Finally, when I did, the attackers had left. I saw Shetty in a pool of blood in front of the shop. The two shops adjacent to ours had not opened yet since it was around 7 am."“

 

‘HOSPITAL WAS JUST 100 FEET AWAY’

“I ran to the road seeking help. I tried stopping motorists and the rickshawallas. Everyone here knew Shetty and despite seeing him lying badly injured, no one bothered to stop and take him to the Bhandari hospital, which was just 100 feet away across the road,” she said.

 

“For the next 15 minutes, I was running on the road, begging passers-by to stop and help me take him to the hospital, but in vain.

 

Finally, I managed to stop a motorist and begged him to at least inform Shetty’s family, so that they could come and take him to the hospital. By the time, Shetty’s brothers had arrived.

 

I had to be taken to the hospital as well since my blood pressure had increased. I was picked up by the police who interrogated me for hours.”

 

“I am still not able to sleep at night as Shetty’s image continuously flashes before my eyes. He was a very good man who would not think twice before helping anyone.

 

It’s really sad and shameful that no one stopped to help him!” rued Vandana.

 

Source: ?I screamed for help, but no one stopped?, News - Latest - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror

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Atul Patankar

As reported at ptinews.com on 17 January, 2010

 

Pune, Jan 16 (PTI) When lawyer Vijay Dabhade, main accused in the whistle-blower Satish Shetty murder case, was brought to the magistrate's court at Vadgaon-Maval, near here, there was a hush followed by whispers that grew louder in the jam-packed hall.

 

The reason for the excitement was obvious as the 'lawyer-turned-accused' had donned the black gown in the same courtroom where he had been escorted by police along with two other alleged accomplices, this time, with a black shroud that covered his face.

 

But there were members of his fraternity who elbowed their way to the lawyer-accused to assuage him with words "not to worry".

 

Member of the Vadgaon-Maval bar, Dabhade is also a practising lawyer in the sessions court in Pune.

 

Source: fullstory

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karira

As reported by Yogesh Joshi in hindustantimes.com on 18 January 2010:

Another arrest in RTI activist murder case- Hindustan Times

 

Another arrest in RTI activist murder case

 

The Pune rural police on Sunday made the fourth arrest in connection with the murder of the Right to Information Act (RTI) activist Satish Shetty, even as activists stressed speedy investigation of the matter.

 

Dengarya Hanumant Rathod, a contract killer, was arrested by the police in the evening. Shetty was a whistle blower who used the RTI to expose a series of irregularities in land transactions in the lucrative Lonavla-Talegaon area. He was murdered by unidentified assailants at Talegaon, 45 kms from Pune, on January 13.

 

Three persons, including lawyer Vijay Dabhade and his accomplices Pramod Waghmare and Parshuram Telegu, were arrested earlier on Friday. They have been sent to police custody till until January 25.

 

In a related development, around 100 social and RTI activists gathered in Pune and passed few resolutions that included asking the government to set a time frame for the investigation of the case and following up matters exposed by Shetty.

 

“We made the fourth arrest today on the basis of three day investigation,” said Pratap Dighavkar, superintendent of police. The Bombay High court had also directed the Pune police to probe the matter at the earliest.

 

“We passed five resolutions today. Some of us will approach the state and central government to apprise them about resolutions,” said RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar. According to Kumbhar, a request will be made to the state government to digitalise all the cases pursued by Shetty so they could be accessed easily by those concerned.

 

On Sunday, the minister of state for home Ramesh Bagwe, visited Shetty’s home in Talegaon and offered his condolences.

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