78th murder of RTI activist: M'shtra CM asked to make public all info sought by Junawane

The National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI), in a statement, has asked the Maharashtra chief minister to ensure that all the information sought by Rohit Ashok Junawane, murdered by nine armed assailants near his residence in Aundh, Pune, is "put in the public domain and widely publicized," adding, this would "act as a deterrent against such attacks in the future."
Attacked on November 1, 2018 for "seeking information to expose corruption and wrongdoing", NCPRI said in the letter, copy of which has been sent to the State Chief Information Commissioner of Maharashtra "for necessary action", Junawane's killing "marks the 78th murder of an RTI user who has been silenced for seeking to show truth to power."
It added, "The government has failed to implement the Whistle Blowers Protection Act passed by Parliament in 2014 despite the increasing number of attacks and murders of RTI users. Maharashtra has seen the highest number of murders of RTI users."
Urging the state government of Maharashtra "to take urgent steps to prevent attacks on RTI users, including by ensuring proactive disclosure of information", the letter -- signed by Anjali Bhardwaj, Nikhil Dey, Pankti Jog, Pradip Pradhan, Rakesh Dubbudu, Shaikh Ghulam Rasool and Venkatesh Nayak -- insisted, "The Central government must immediately operationalise the Whistle Blowers Protection Act through the promulgation of rules."

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