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According to reports, Krupasindhu Sahu (40), a farmer of Nachhigan village of Krushnaprasad Panchayat under Niali police station in Cuttack district, had sought information from the district agriculture officer (DEO) about the details of amount of money and fertilizer utilized in the plantation of paddy saplings through Right to Information (RTI) Act.


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Prasad GLN

Can any one believe this murder was only due to seeking of information on a normal /not so sensitive/ common issue which a record and has to be published and reported to higher authorities ?

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Mahiti Adhikar Manch

We have written following protest letters to. if anywishes to send the letters details are given under with email IDs,


Mr Naveen Patnaik

The Chief Minister,

Government of Odisha,

Odisha State,


Dear Sir,


It is shocking to hear about another incident of an RTI applicant being murdered in Odisha for using his fundamental right and seeking information. Krupasindhu Sahu (40), a farmer of Nachhigan village of Krushnaprasad Panchayat under Niali police station in Cuttack district, is the latest victim and martyr for the Right to Information movement and we do not know how many more will be sacrificing their lives for this cause of gaining true Swaraj and a regime of transparency and accountability.


Mahiti Adhikar Manch condemns this brutal act and demands a fast-track investigation and suitable punishment to those responsible for this murder. We also demand that the information asked for by Krupasindhu Sahu be immediately made public.

Mahiti Adhikar Manch also demands that the pending Whistle Blowers Protection Act 2011 be immediately passed and implemented so that it will be at least some protection for information seekers and also a deterrent for those who contemplate threatening and eliminating of genuine information seekers.


We have been protesting every time such an incident occurs and demanding also protection for information seekers, but sad to say, nothing is being done about this. In the interest of good governance, we earnestly appeal to you to take necessary steps to protect the lives of citizens who are helping to preserve our democracy and control corruption.


Thanking you


In service of RTI


Bhaskar Prabhu


Mahiti Adhikar Manch &

Maharashtra RTI Council


Core Member - Police Reforms Watch.



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1) Odisha Information Commission

Address- B-1 Block, Toshali Bhawan

Satyanagar, Bhubaneswar-751007

E-mail: odishasoochana@nic.in

Phone/Fax- (0674) 2571401/2570561

Helpline No: 18003456777


2) Permanent Resi Address:

At- Naveen Nivas, Aerodrome Road, P.O.-Bhubaneswar,

Dist.-Khurda, Pin-751001 (Odisha)

Tel. No.(O) 2531100,2535100,2531500, EPABX 2163

Tel. No.® 2590299, 2591099,2590844,2591100,2590833


3) Sri S.K. Panda,

PRO to CM Mr Naveen Patnaik




4) Shri C. J. Venugopal,IAS

Principal Secretary

Home Department

Government of Odisha, Bhubaneswar,



PH: 91-674-2322461 , 91-674-2531515


Fax 91-674- 2530008


5) His Excellency

Dr. S. C. Jamir,

Governor of Odisha

Raj Bhavan,Odisha

Bhubaneswar, 751008

Tel: 0674 2536581/2536583


Fax: 0674 2536582

Email: govodisha@nic.in

Raj Bhavan, Puri-06752-222068


6) e-Mail :

Shri Gokul Chandra Pati

Chief Secretary


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akhilesh yadav

[h=1]RTI activist killed in Orissa: Plea in NHRC for impartial probe[/h]



Two days after the body of a missing RTI activist was found buried near a river in Cuttack, a human rights activist on Monday moved the NHRC seeking an “impartial probe” into the murder.

Krupasindhu Sahoo, 40, a farmer and father of two children had gone to the village market on January 26, but did not return. The next day, his vehicle was found deserted near a temple in the village, Naili. Two days later, his wife Gitanjali received calls from an unknown person who demanded Rs 30 lakh and three kg gold as ransom for release of her husband, prompting her to file a complaint with Niali police station. On January 31, police found his body buried near Tanla river.



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Odisha activists demands for a special provision for HRDs

By Akhand , Bhubaneswar: Rights activists in Odisha has demanded to open a desk in the office of Director General of Police as well as all police stations of the state especially for RTI and Human Rights Defenders to receive the complaints of attacks and threats against them and to take prompt action against the accused.

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[h=1]Odisha RTI activist murder: Panicky family members flee village[/h]

The grief-stricken family members of slain RTI activist, Krupasindhu Sahu, on Monday left the village fearing for their lives as they have been allegedly threatened by the perpetrators of the crime.



Krupasindhu Sahu

Krupasindhu Sahu

‘‘Fearing backlash, Laxmipriya, the widow of Krupasindhu, along with her two sons—Bikash and Rakesh—have left the village as they have been getting threatening after her husband’s murder,’’ a villager said requesting anonymity.



As tense situation prevails in the village, security personnel have been deployed for security to Krupasindhu’s mother who is now the lone member residing at their home.



Krupasindhu (40), a farmer, of Nachhigan village of Krushnaprasad Panchayat under Niali police station in Odisha’s Cuttack district was murdered for seeking RTI information on utilisation of BGREI funds sanctioned for development of agriculture in the block.



Meanwhile, the involvement of ruling party members and supporters in the killing of Krupasindhu is gaining credence.



The widow of Krupasinghu alleged that some ruling party leaders and their supporters have been pressurising and trying to falsely implicate him in made up cases.



‘‘Police have registered a case (case no 197) against my husband on October 30 last based on a complaint four years ago. This has been done on the instructions and pressure from these ruling party leaders,’’ Laxmipriya alleged.



Notably, the case was registered following a complaint by a staff of Niali electricity department.



According to villagers, Krupasindhu was a worker of the ruling Biju Janata Dal. However, he hopped to Congress party owing to some differences. This did not go down well through the neck of the BJD leaders. He had to face the music for not maintaining his allegiance towards the BJD.



Meanwhile, police have arrested three accused–Saila, Manju and Dilip– in this connection and efforts are on to nab the prime accused Kartika Pani who has been absconding since the incident.



On the other hand, the Opposition Congress has launched an onslaught on the ruling BJD for its alleged complicity in the murder of Krupasindhu Sahu. The OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan on Monday threatened to gharao the Odisha Assembly on February 18 should the killers are not arrested before the said date.



“We demand stringent action against the killers for hatching conspiracy who had hired contract killers to eliminate Krupasindhu Sahu. Strict action should also be initiated against the government employees and the IIC of the police station,” Harichandan said.



Condemning the killing of RTI activist and increasing attack on information seekers, rights activists will be organizing a state-level protest meeting on Thursday to discuss various issues and chalk out strategy for protection of RTI activists in the state.



‘‘RTI activists who are now in the forefront of Human rights defenders (HRDs) have become most vulnerable to all manners of threats and attacks by vested interests in India. Unlike other HRDs, a majority of the RTI activists are still not a part of any collective forum or organisation; they often act alone, moved by anger at corruption and other illegal activities,’’ an activist said.



Citing some gruesome incidents, the activist said, on December 28 last year, Ganesh Chandra Panda of Rangeilunda Block of Ganjam district was murdered by vested groups, as he tried to unearth huge corruption in FDR and NREGA work through RTI.



One month later, another RTI activist Krupasindhu Sahu of Niali Block of Cuttack district was killed by a hired killer as he tried to expose corruption and misappropriation of fund in BGREI fund.



This apart, attack on RTI activists is reported in every alternate day in media. On the other hand, the police administration are seen hand in glove with vested groups and criminals who are masterminding murder and derailed the enquiry without giving any justice to the victims or the family of victims, the activist alleged.


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Prasad GLN

What is the role of IC ? Has he ordered to disclose RTI Application filed by him and information provided by PIO for releasing to media ?

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[h=1]Uproar in Odisha Assembly over murder of RTI activist[/h]

The Odisha Assembly today witnessed pandemonium with the Opposition Congress demanding a statement from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the alleged killing of RTI activist Krupasindhu Sahu at Niali in Cuttack district.



The issue was raised by Congress member Naba K Das during the zero hour. Seeking a ruling from the Speaker, Das alleged that the state government was attempting to shield the culprits as the murder allegation was made against the local BJD MLA, local Block Office, and police.



Stating that there is an attempt to “hush up” the matter, the Congress member said even as 11 days had already passed since Sahu’s killing, no one was arrested.



Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of the Congress cautioned that no one would raise voice against corruption if the killers of Sahu were not booked.



Sahu, also a farmer, had sought information regarding cultivation in Niali area. Therefore, he was killed and his body buried, he said.



“As the chief minister is also in charge of the Home department, he should make a statement in the House,” Mishra said demanding a ruling from the chair.



As Speaker Niranjan Pujari remained silent on the matter, angry Congress members stromed into well and shouted slogans against the government. When Congress members attempted to climb the speaker’s podium, Pujari adjourned the House twice, for 10 minutes in first phase and for another 30 minutes in second phase.



When the House reassembled at 12.30 hours, Pujari in his ruling directed the state government to make a statement on the matter relating to Sahu’s killing in the forenoon session on Monday. — PTI


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Civil society to protest Odisha RTI activist’s murder on Tuesday


Civil society to protest Odisha RTI activist’s murder on Tuesday - OdishaSunTimes.com


Civil society organisations in Odisha will hold a meeting on at Niali boys’ high school Tuesday to protest the kidnap and murder of Krupasindhu Sahu, the RTI activist who was bumped off for seeking information on irregularities in the implementation of the BGREI scheme in Nilai block under the RTI act.


Krupasindhu Sahu


The decision was taken at the state convention of RTI activists and human rights organisations at Lohia Bhavan recently.

Pradip Pradhan, convenor of Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan has request human rights activists, academicians and intellectuals to participate in the meeting in large numbers to express solidarity with and ensure justice to the bereaved family and fight corruption in the state administration.


Meanwhile, the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) has expressed deep shock and anguish over the murder of Sahu, which comes close on the heels of the alleged murder of another RTI activist Ganesh Chandra Panda in Odisha on 28th December, 2014.

“The death of Sahu under such suspicious circumstances adds to the long list of tragedies that highlight the clear and present danger all RTI users face from vested interests that are allowed to operate with impunity. NCPRI demands that the Government of Odisha act swiftly to identify Mr. Sahu’s assailants and bring them to justice. Further, we demand swift and impartial investigation into the cause and motive behind his killing,” said a statement released by NCPRI.

The NCPRI also urged the Central Government to operationalise the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Act (WBPA) in its present form by framing appropriate Rules and Regulations without further delay.

The statement was signed by Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bhardwaj, Venkatesh Nayak, Bhaskar Prabhu, Rakesh Dubuddu and Shaikh Ghulam Rasool.

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3 held for RTI activist Krupasindhu Sahu's murder


Under attack over the killing of RTI activist Krupasindhu Sahu, Odisha government on Monday said that three persons have so far been arrested in the case now being probed by the Crime Branch of police.



Three accused have been arrested and efforts are on to nab another person who is at large, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said in a statement.



Investigation into the case has been handed over to the crime branch police, he said in the Assembly.



The minister's statement came after Speaker Niranjan Pujari had on Saturday directed the state government to make a statement on Sahu's killing on January 26 at Niali area of Cuttack district.







Read more at: 3 held for RTI activist Krupasindhu Sahu's murder : India, News - India Today

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[h=1]RTI activists protest against state govt demanding CBI enquiry in activist's murder[/h]

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    RTI activists protest at Lower PMG - Debi Prasad Samal



Several human right activists and RTI activists working in Odisha protested at the Lower PMG on Friday against the failure of the state government to deliver justice to the family of RTI activist Krupasindhu Sahu. The activists demand investigation of the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Sahu was murdered on January 26 in Nachhigan village under Krushnaprashad panchayat of Niali block, Cuttack. Sahu’s alleged murder follows close on the heels of the alleged murder of another RTI activist Ganesh Chandra Panda in Odisha on December 28, 2014.

According to Sudhir Mohanty, an activist and an advocate, “Following the media reports on February 1, a fact finding team of Human Right activists had visited the murder spot to ascertain the fact and circumstances leading to murder of Sahu.”

After that, it was found that Sahu had obtained information under the RTI Act that highlighted the irregularities in the Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) fund sanctioned for the development of agriculture by the political people. This disclosure motivated affected persons, who belong to the ruling party to plan and execute Sahu’s alleged murder the behest of contract killer, added Mohanty.

He also alleged that though an FIR has been registered in Sahu’s murder case yet the police has not been able to arrest the prime accuse and has failed to carry out proper investigation.


“The state government has declared crime branch enquiry into the murder of Sahu but the history of investigation by the crime branch has shown that it has miserably failed to investigate any case properly starting from Itishree murder case to Gopinath land scam case. The crime branch also lacks infrastructure and capable officers to investigate the case,” said another activist Pradeep Pradhan.

The activists also demand compensation of Rs 10 lakhs for Sahu's family, who has been helpless as Sahu was the sole earner of the family.


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RTI campaigner murder accused nabbed


CUTTACK: The Crime Branch on Friday arrested the main accused in the murder Krupasindhu Sahoo, 40, a Niali-based farmer. Sahoo was allegedly strangulated for seeking information through RTI about misappropriation in distribution of government funds meant for farmers of the area.



The accused, Kartik Pani, who was on the run since January 26, was arrested from Niali. ADG (Crime Branch) B K Sharma said the department would seek court's permission to take him on remand. "We will bring him on remand to know the exact motive of the murder," said Sharma.



Earlier, police arrested Kartik's mother, sister and nephew for helping him dispose the body. Official sources said he was arrested when police were tipped off that he was visiting the village to meet his family.



After filing the RTI application, Sahoo and his family started receiving threat calls. On January 26, Sahoo went missing and his body was recovered from Tanla river bed two days later. His wife lodged a police complaint on January 28 alleging that Sahoo was kidnapped by some influential people of the village for demanding information through RTI. She alleged that after killing her husband, Pani buried his body in the river bed.



The issue had created furore in the state and opposition parties had demanded proper probe into the matter. Bowing to the pressure, government ordered Crime Branch probe in February. Pani is a history sheeter and was convicted in a murder earlier. Police claimed the murder was fallout of previous enmity between the two. "After his interrogation, the exact reason would be known. Our effort will be to take Pani on remand for a week," said a senior police officer.


Read More: RTI campaigner murder accused nabbed - The Times of India

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