No place for activists: Two RTI crusaders die in Noida within a year after police ‘ignored their pleas for help’

Posted on May 5 2014 - 7:20pm by admin

Source –  HEENA KAUSAR – Daily Mail

One of them was shot dead inside his house.

The other was killed under mysterious circumstances in a car fire ruled accidental by the police.

But there is a macabre correlation between the deaths of two RTI activists in the real estate hub of Noida, both within a year.

The charred remains of RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma's car, in which he was found dead on Friday


The charred remains of RTI activist Chandra Mohan Sharma’s car, in which he was found dead on Friday

The families of both Chandra Mohan Sharma, who died on Friday, and Pale Ram Chauhan, killed in July last year, allege that their “murders” were a consequence of police inaction against people who were threatening them.


Almost a year since Chauhan was shot dead at his house in Noida’s Raipur village by three assailants, allegedly from the land mafia, his family still lives in fear.

They haven’t been able to get over the fact that Sharma’s complaints to the police about receiving death threats from the sand mafia members, whose activities he exposed, went unheard. 


Chauhan was 50 years old at the time of his death, and left behind a bereaved wife, two daughters and a son. 

“They openly threatened to kill him. My father had approached the police just a few days before they shot him dead inside our house, but nothing was done,” Chauhan’s younger son Ravindra told Mail Today.

Sitting beside him, his mother is too overwhelmed to speak and breaks down as the subject of her husband’s murder brings up all the painful memories once again.

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