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RTI Activist Bhagu Devani Stabbed In Rajkot

24 June 2011 No Comment

Rajkot: 72 year-old advocate and Right to Information Act (RTI), activist Bhagu Devani was stabbed today by unidentified persons with sharp edged weapon in Rajiv Nagar area in Porbandar on Friday morning at around 9 o clock. Devani was going in his car when the incident occurred.

He was soon taken government hospital in Porbandar and was under treatment. He filed a complaint with Udhognagar police station. According to his complaint, around five to six people came in the car and intercepted his car on his way and was asked to come out from the car and told me that why do you complaint repeatedly against us and attacked on me. After that they fled from the spot’’ Devani said in his police complaint.

The RTI Activist was first assaulted with sticks by two unidentified persons and then stabbed thrice in the abdomen.
Porbandar police has filed a complaint and launched a manhunt after the incident.

Devani has accused former BJP minister Babu Bokhiria, Suresh Thanki, President of Chhaya Nagar Palika and Vikram Odedara, former vice-president of Porbandar Taluka Panchayat, of behind this attack.

“There are two reasons behind this attack. One is, I have complaint to Chief Minister’s grievance redresses program against the eight floor building that has come up in Chhaya Nagar Palika area which was illegal and second, I have complaint against three star hotel which was coming up within the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) in Forest and Environment department in which Vikram Odedara has stake in it’’ Devani told TOI from hospital.

Bhagu Devani has accessed the details using RTI applications and gathered important details which were to go against the local politicians in eight floor building and a Hotel near Chopati area in coastal Porbandar town.
Sources say that Devani has even filed a petition in Gujarat High Court in eight floor building matter and was also preparing for CRZ case.

“I suspect that the powerful politicians behind this attack as they have huge interests in it’’ Devani alleged.

“We have taken Devani’s statement in this regard and have made complaint about his fight against the two buildings in the city. We are investigating the case’’ said investigating officer P R Ramani of Porbandar police.

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