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Ex-MLA claims he faces threats for probing land deal
The Imphal Free Press
IMPHAL, Oct 14: Former MLA and law secretary, government of Manipur, L Ibomcha Singh, said he is under threat of dire consequences for daring to seek documents regarding land deals in the Imphal municipal area in the last five years.
Suspecting illegalities in a certain land deals concluded during the period in Imphal, he had sent two men to the state revenue office to acquire the documents relating to the transfer of ownership of lands in the Imphal municipal area during the last five years.
Two employees of the revenue department had advised his men to get the required information through the procedures prescribed by the Right To Information Act, RTI, by filing a petition with the concerned authorities, the complaint letter said.
The news of his probe apparently leaked he said, and no sooner did this happen, a police officer intimidated the two revenue department employees saying that they are to bring about a compromise between him and the man seeking the documents, the note said.
The same police officer also summoned the men he had sent to the revenue office. One was out of station at the time but the other went to the police station where he was detained for 10 hours and then let go after being threatened, the complaint letter further said.
Further, the former MLA said two unknown persons came to his residence on the evening of October 12, and threatened him if he does not agree to a compromise on the matter, and pleaded with the DGP to provide him with security cover.
Ex-MLA claims he faces threats for probing land deal :: KanglaOnline ~ Your Gateway
As reported by Sayli Udas Mankekar in hindustantimes.com on 19 February 2010:
Threats after RTI plea? Cops to your rescue- Hindustan Times
Threats after RTI plea? Cops to your rescue
Social activists, including citizens filing applications under the Right To Information, will be given immediate police protection if there is threat to their lives.
A circular issued by Commissioner of Police, D. Sivanandhan, on Thursday, says activists will be inducted into police-public coordination committee to address local issues.
Sivanandhan’s circular asks the police to promptly take cognisance of complaints lodged by activists. Their request for police protection will also be expedited immediately.
The move comes after attacks on two activists. Satish Shetty, Right To Information activist was allegedly murdered outside his home near Pune in January. Shetty was murdered days after unidentified persons fired outside Mumbai activist Nayana Kathpalia’s home in south Mumbai.
The eight-point circular says if an activist files a complaint, the police should at least keep him or her informed about the facts of the case.
It says the senior police inspector of the police station will attend to the case and the assistant commissioner of police will personally monitoring all such cases. Zonal and regional officers will periodically review them.
The circular also calls for immediate arrests where required, and preventive action be taken where necessary.
The circular also says that in cases where it is required, the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act can be invoked and the offender be externed.
Activists welcomed the move. “Now we need to see it implemented,” said civic activist GR Vora. “The committees should be formed immediately and the machinery should be seen moving if any such incidences take place again.”
Anandini Thakoor, chairperson of the H-West Citizens’ Trust agreed. “We already have the coordination committee in place in our ward,” said Thakoor. “But I think this circular should be extended to all citizens, since they are the ones who support activists.”