Mr. Ranjeet Soni (46) was an RTI activist, using the Right to Information Act to expose corruption at local level. He had filed as many as 130 RTI applications, many of which were filed with the local Public Works Department (PWD).
Human Rights Defenders Alert issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission over the lack of adequate police investagation into the HRD’s murder. On June 2, 2022, Mr. Ranjeet Soni had gone to the PWD office in relation to his RTI matters. Around 5 pm he was shot dead within the premises of the office of the Public Works Department (PWD), Vidisha at point blank range at the back of his head just outside the main entrance to the office and died on spot.
The police claimed that the murder was due to a personal feud. However, a fact finding report stated that there was much more than met the eye.
We urged the Hon’ble Commission to Direct the Director General of Police of Madhya Pradesh to initiate an immediate, independent, thorough, transparent, effective, and impartial re-investigation into the murder of Mr. Ranjeet Soni.