Sunday, July 8, 2012

RTI Activist Ramesh Agarwal Shot at in Chhattisgarh

A Right To Information(RTI) activist was fired at by unidentified men at his office in Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh today. Ramesh Agarwal, who is also an environmentalist, suffered two bullet injuries - one on his thigh and another on his hips. He was rushed to the district hospital where the bullets were removed from his body. The police have launched an investigation into the incident. Speaking about the incident, City Superintendent of Police Neha Pandey said, "The police team rushed to the spot as soon as they were informed. We will take all the details as soon as we talk to Ramesh."
Agrawal, who works for environmental rights organisation Jan Chetna Manch, is out of danger, doctors said. The RTI activist shot to limelight last year when the Amnesty International demanded his unconditional release after he was arrested for staging a protest against public hearing conducted for an industrial project. Agarwal has been campaigning against pollution caused by industrial projects and the potential negative environmental impact of proposed projects in central Chhattisgarh.


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