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Inaction and negligence of police in arresting the main accused of kidnapping and assaulting RTI Activist

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Amraram Godara

HRD and RTI Activist 

Rajasthan

HRDA has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on January 31, 2022 regarding the inaction of the Rajasthan Police in arresting the main accused in a case of kidnapping and assault of an RTI activist in Barmer. We fear that this might be because of the political influence of the accused and poses further threat to the safety of the tortured HRD and his family.

On December 21, 2021, the HRD was abducted by a group and brutally assaulted. He was made to drink urine and both his hands were broken. Nails were hammered into his legs, and he was left completely immobile. 

An FIR was registered at Gida police station. It was initially registered against unknown persons. Though four people have been arrested, the main accused Mr. Nagaram, alias Nagraaj named by the HRD, continue to be free. It is important to note that Mr. Nagaram is  a former sarpanch and the husband of the current sarpanch. He wields considerable clout in the area.

The delay in arresting the main accused who are political heavyweights in the region exposes the negligence of the police towards the protection of HRD who has been subjected to torture and kidnapping. Their lax attitude has put the HRD and his family in danger of reprisal in the future. 

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