RTI Activist and Human Rights Defender
HRDA has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on 25th June, regarding the murder of RTI activist and human rights defender Mr. Rajender Singh. He was a marginal farmer and an RTI activist who was fighting against various irregularities in panchayats, blocks, banks and other institutions in the district level. He was doing this independently and was active for more than ten years.
At about 1 PM on June 19, 2018, while Mr. Rajendra Singh was returning to his village on a bike after meeting his lawyer at Motihari, he was killed by unknown assailants near Mathbanwari Chawk close to Piprakothi Police Station. He was rushed to the nearest hospital where he was declared dead. It will be pertinent to mention here that in last five years four attempts were made on his life from which he had narrowly escaped. On several occasions, Mr. Singh had sought security from senior police officers, but his petition remained under process. Moreover, the local police too were irked by his activism and he was implicated in several false cases and was even arrested under the Arms Act in 2016.
HRDA prayed for thorough investigation and to take immediate actions on the perpetrators of the case.