On Tuesday, March 20 this year, unknown assailants killed Right to Information activist Poipynhun Majaw in Meghalaya, making it the first RTI related death in the Meghalaya. This marked the 68th death of RTI activists across the country since the Right to Information was first passed.
Perhaps nothing can capture this case better than that of Nanjibhai Sondarva, who, on the 9th of March was allegedly clubbed to death by 6 people in Manekvada village, Gujarat soon after filing an RTI application demanding fiscal transparency about the road construction in his village.
Police said the body of Poipynhun Majaw, the president of Jaintia Youth Federation (JYF), was found on Rymbai Road near Khliehriat, the headquarters of East Jaintia Hills district bordering Bangladesh and a prime mining area in the State.
“We found wounds on his head probably caused by a heavy iron object. This looks like a case of murder, but we are waiting for the post-mortem report to find the culprits and uncover the motive behind the murder,” Nazarius Lamare, the district’s Superintendent of Police told The Hindu.
Rights activists say they suspect the 38-year-old Mr Majaw could have paid the price for exposing a nexus between heads of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) and cement companies that were allegedly allowed to mine limestone without permission.
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